The rhythmic styling's of Dr. Seuss were on display Friday morning, as a handful of TU student athletes entertained the students at Sequoyah Elementary as a part of Read Across America.
"It's really exciting, just to see their faces, see how excited they are for something as simple as reading a book to them," Jessica McQuin of TU's Women's Basketball team explained. "Their faces brighten my day. It's pretty awesome that we got this opportunity."
As awesome as this opportunity is for the players, the hope is that the kids get something out of seeing athletes in their classroom.
"I think a lot of our kids will pick up books now," Sequoyah Elementary Principal Raye Nero says. "They see these big, gigantic athletes reading - it's a good opportunity for us."
We have to talk about the reading selection, though, because Dr. Seuss isn't exactly the easiest thing to read in front of a group of people.
"It was a difficult read for sure," Women's Soccer junior Cammi Pelley said. "I've never been one to be good with reading out loud in the first place, then Dr. Seuss made it interesting."
McQuin agreed with Pelley, saying "Dr. Seuss is kind of hard, but the kids helped me a lot with the sounds and stuff."
Since we know Dr. Seuss is full of tongue twisters, that lead to the following question - which is more stressful, having to hit a free throw at the end of the game... or reading Dr. Seuss in front of a group of people?
"Probably the tongue twister, sitting in front of a group of kids," says Men's Basketball senior Tim Peete. "For one, they think we're perfect, so I really don't want to mess up in front of them. I think I'd rather be at the free throw line."
"I think the Dr. Seuss book takes it, because I feel like they know the book like the back of their hand," McQuin said. "If you mess up, they're looking at you with those faces like 'Oh, Man' - you've got to be on your game.
Luckily for all involved, these are athletes that are student-athletes that are used to being on top of their game.