Marquette Soccer Players Become Rock Star Role Models at St. Anthony School
(Credit: dholowaty3 on Instagram)
At the end of October, six members of the Marquette men’s soccer team got the opportunity to interact with some of their biggest and youngest fans when they visited St. Anthony School of Milwaukee.
Paul Dillon, Adam Hermsen, Dennis Holowaty, Sebastian Jansson, John Mau and Brady Walsh put on a show, and held assemblies about fitness and nutrition at St. Anthony’s K-2nd and 3rd-5th grade campuses.
"When we walked in for the first time, the kids couldn’t control their energy and excitement and just screamed and yelled as loud as they could," Walsh said.
So how did this team and these athletes become rock stars to this group of kids?
Marquette alumna Jocelyn White, a teacher at St. Anthony, and her class began closely following the Golden Eagles last year, as they reeled in a 12-match win streak and rose to the nation’s No. 2 ranking.
White shared her students’ interest with MU Athletics Student Programs Coordinator Maureen Lewis, asking if the team was willing to be featured guests in a student assembly at St. Anthony. Marquette players jumped at the chance to bring excitement to the school, while sharing the importance of physical activity and eating right.
The kids enjoyed it so much that the team was asked to come back this year.
Hermsen and Walsh heard from their teammates how excited the kids were to see them and did not want to pass up meeting them.
"After speaking with them [his teammates], I decided it was definitely something I wanted to do," Hermsen said. "I had heard they [the students] really enjoyed soccer and it seemed like a great opportunity to help them out any way I could."
"While we were there we talked about a few things: school, soccer, and what it takes to be successful as a soccer player," Walsh said. "We told the kids about sleeping right, eating right, and making sure they are being the best that they can be every day."
After seeing how excited all the students were to meet them, both Hermsen and Walsh now see themselves as role models to younger kids.
"When I see something like that," Walsh said, "it makes me realize that I need to show these kids that I am a good role model and that they can look up to me because I am doing the right things to be successful."
See pictures from their experience: