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Brazos Valley Bowl players teach youngsters the value of fitness, education
 November 30, 2012

Players from Kilgore, Northwest Mississippi visit Bryan-College Station elementary schools

Players from Kilgore College and Northwest Mississippi Community College visited seven local elementary schools this morning to read to kindergarteners and teach students about the value of health and physical fitness.

The two teams are in Bryan-College Station for Saturday’s Brazos Valley Bowl game, which will be played at noon at Kyle Field. Kilgore is ranked 11th in the National Junior College Athletic Association, while Northwest Mississippi is 13th.

The student-athletes visited College Station ISD’s Rock Prairie and Pebble Creek elementary schools and Bryan ISD’s Ross, Henderson, Crockett, Branch and Kemp Mitchell elementary schools.

“I teach my students to set goals while you’re young, and they need to think now about education and keeping their body physically active,” said Rock Prairie Elementary School Physical Education Teacher Carole Weldon. “The players really did a good job of confirming that to the kids and I think our students really enjoyed having the players here today.”

Northwest Mississippi offensive lineman Thomas Campbell and punter/kicker Chase Carpenter explained football fundamentals and told the students that football scholarships helped both players earn their college educations.

“The main message of the day was to focus on your education and take care of your body,” said Campbell, a sophomore left tackle from Batesville, Miss. “You can play football, basketball, baseball or any sport you want to, and if you stay physically fit it will help you throughout your life.”

Caprenter, a sophomore punter and kicker from Slayden, Miss. said, “I love telling kids about football because I love football and I want people to love the sport like I love it.”

The Brazos Valley Bowl was the result of Blinn’s partnerships with community leaders aimed at boosting economic activity in the region during the historically sluggish month of December. Initial funding for the bowl game was provided by the City of College Station through Hotel Occupancy Tax funds.

According to an estimate by the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the game could bring $1 million in economic activity to the community as visitors shop, stay in hotels and eat at restaurants over the course of the bowl weekend.

Tickets are free for attendees age 18 and under and for students with a college ID. All other tickets are $5 at the gate. The game will be broadcast live on KZNE 1150-AM.

For more information, visit www.brazosvalleybowl.com

PHOTO – Northwest Mississippi Community College sophomores Chase Carpenter (left) and Thomas Campbell (right) spoke to students at College Station ISD’s Rock Prairie Elementary School Friday morning about the value of education and physical fitness.

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