'Hoos Have Pizza Party for Local Students

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The fourth-graders in Bryan Geddy's class at Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville had been waiting for their pizza party for more than a month.

The pizza arrived Monday afternoon -- along with members of the Virginia women's basketball team. The Cavaliers' visit was a prize for the students, after their poster won a contest at last month's "Field Trip Day" at John Paul Jones Arena.

"They've been so excited, all through winter break," Geddy said Monday. "First thing when they came back from winter break they were asking when it was going to happen."

Fresh off a last-second win at Wake Forest on Sunday, most of the Wahoos were at Clark Elementary on Monday. Late in the visit, a dance-off broke out in the classroom between sophomore guard J'Kyra Brown and several of the students.

"We get so much enjoyment out of it," sophomore guard Aliyah Huland El said of the visit. "We love having fun with the students, and just being able to interact with them the way we did today."

An announced crowd of 10,048 fans -- the third-largest home ever for a UVA women's basketball game -- attended last month's Field Trip Day at JPJ, and watched the Wahoos roll to a 68-39 win over Bowling Green. The Clark Elementary fourth-graders were announced as the poster contest winners on the big screen during the game.

On Monday, the poster -- which said "Go Hoos" with the V-sabre logo, framed by head shots of each kid in the class -- hung on a chalkboard in the classroom, where UVA players took turns autographing it.

"The poster was really a collaborative effort," Geddy said, "nut basically, these are the faces of the University of Virginia's future."

"It was great. I love it. It's really creative," said Huland El. "And I really loved the fact that we could have this bond and everything with the students."



 
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