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Cherise Hennigan
Nov. 20, 2015

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. -- Continuing in an ongoing pledge to give back to the community, several Seton Hall student-athletes participated in the "Reading With The Pirates" program Friday morning at South Mountain Elementary School.

Now in its fourth year, the "Reading with the Pirates" outreach initiative is a part of Seton Hall Athletics' Helping Athletes Learn to be Leaders (H.A.L.L.) Program and the effort is directed at promoting the value of reading through student-athlete visits to area schools.

Upwards of 20 student-athletes, mostly from the women's golf and volleyball teams, met with students ranging in ages from Kindergarten level to fourth grade. Some of the student-athletes, such as senior Karlie Zabrosky (Erie, Pa.) and Cherise Hennigan (Corona, Calif.) were selected to speak to entire classes on their experiences as a student-athlete.

"As a student-athlete representing Seton Hall, it's very important to give back and support the local community," Zabrosky said. "These may be future Pirates and if we can do anything to spur their interest in reading or in school in general, we should try."

Split into small groups, the Pirates went from classroom to classroom reading with and taking questions from enthusiastic students.

"It's a really nice opportunity to meet young kids and stress the importance and enjoyment of reading," Hennigan said. "We got the opportunity to sit and read with them at their individual tables and get to know them a little.

The H.A.L.L. Program continues to focus on building leaders within the Seton Hall community, while enhancing the quality of the student-athlete experience as a whole. Next week, the a group of student-athletes will be delivering Thanksgiving baskets to the Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry.