Dec. 19, 2012
Field Trip Day Photo Gallery
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern played host to more than 4,000 Chicagoland youth on Dec. 17 as part of the team's annual Field Trip Day at Welsh-Ryan Arena. The day aspires to help students understand the value of higher education and learn more about Northwestern University and experience a college atmosphere. For many students, it is their first visit to Northwestern.
"[Field Trip Day] is really exciting," Northwestern head coach Joe McKeown said. "It makes it a lot of fun. The excitement and the energy in the gym is electric. It's great for our players."
Area youth received a Wildcats Curriculum Activity Book that included information about Northwestern University and educational activities involving the women's basketball team. Each student also received a free ticket for any future Northwestern game.
The Wildcats were inspired by the crowd, playing No. 9 California to the wire in this year's game. Although California won 71-65, Field Trip Day is always one of the Northwestern players' favorite games of the year.
"It's always a great advantage," Senior Kendall Hackney said. "Having that noise out there, it gives me chills. It gets me more excited. I love the environment - we love having them here and it's a great opportunity for them to support us and be here in a place where they don't get to come all the time."
Sophomore point guard Karly Roser, playing in her second Field Trip Day, echoed Hackney's comments.
"It's very loud, Roser said. "It's great to have all the support. We realize that they want to see a good game, and we want to keep up the energy for them."
Students also had the opportunity to participate in an essay contest. The winning student's class receives a school visit by a Northwestern student-athlete. Each year the question revolves around the academic experience of Northwestern University.
"Northwestern University is truly a special place," McKeown added. "This initiative provides us with a way to give back to local schools and expose students to a collegiate atmosphere at an early age."
For information on how to participate in future Northwestern Field Trip Days, contact the NU Marketing Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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