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Varsity - March 7, 2013

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BADGERS GIVE BACK READ ACROSS W hen senior Wisconsin men's basketball player Mike Bruesewitz was asked to describe his experience visiting local elementary schools in celebration of "Dr. Seuss Day," he replied with a quote from Dr. Suess himself: "The more you read, the more things you will know," he said. "The more that you learn, the more places you'll go." More places, indeed. Bruesewitz, joined by 12 other UW student-athletes, visited four elementary schools across Dane County last Friday in celebration of the National Education Association's Read Across America Day, which coincides with Dr. Suess' birthday. Beginning at 9:30 a.m., Bruesewitz kicked off the day-long "caravan" at Chavez Elementary School in Madison. Joined by fellow men's basketball player Duje Dukan, football player Jake Ninneman and UW crew members Katie Rosoff and Gretchen Miron, the student-athletes were introduced at an all-school assembly and then dispersed to enter individual classrooms and read in a more intimate setting. "Taking time out of my day to go do something as cool as promoting reading to elementary school kids is something I don't get to do often in my busy life," Rosoff said. "It's the best feeling to know you're doing something nice to benefit someone else's life." Next, the student-athletes made their way across town to Randall Elementary School to read to two lucky fifth grade classrooms. Refusing to read anything but Dr. Seuss, Bruesewitz had one young student run down to the library to fetch him the classic The Cat in The Hat. The students were in for a real treat when the 6-foot-6 basketball player broke out different voices for each character. With two visits complete, new UW student-athletes hopped in the van to finish the last two stops of the day-long caravan. Football players Beau Allen, David Gilbert, Jake Rademacher, Jack Russell, Stephen Salata, Marcus Trotter and Derek Watt were joined by women's swimming team member Karissa Kruszewski at Heritage Elementary School in Waunakee ― Russell's former stomping grounds. "We half expected to see a statue of Russell out 26 » VARSITY MAR CH 7, 2013

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