May 1, 2008
AUBURN, Ala. -
The Auburn Athletics Department hosted six fifth-grade students as part of Dean Road Elementary School's Job Shadowing Program on April 29. The students spent a little over two hours meeting with and watching several Athletics Department employees do their jobs.
After arriving, the students were given a tour of Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum, before spending 30 minutes in the Training Room, watching several Athletic Trainers perform their various job duties.
Next, the students met with Auburn Softball Coach Tina Deese, who gave the students tips on setting goals as they pursue a career in coaching. Coach Deese also showed them how to "break down" film before giving them a tour of the Jane B. Moore Softball Field.
After departing the Jane Moore Softball Field, the students were greeted by Auburn basketball player Josh Dollard, who told them what it was like to be a collegiate student-athlete. The students also met with Auburn Cheerleader Emily Ann Quattlebaum, who expressed the importance of making good grades in school.
The students were then given additional academic tips and advice from Auburn Athletics Department Counselor Troy Smith, and Virgil Starks, Senior Associates Athletics Director for Student Athlete Support Services.
Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Women's Administrator Meredith Jenkins gave the students a behind the scenes tour of the Women's Basketball team locker room and the Equipment Room, before the students departed campus.
The six students were selected after participating in a series of career exploration lessons and after completing their first Career Interest Inventory Test. The six students had also expressed an interest in playing professional sports, coaching softball and football, athletic training and athletic administration.