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Tyler ISD students receive personal notes from Texas Tech, TCU, Texas A&M coaches

TYLER, January 30, 2014— Preschoolers at Jones Elementary MST Academy received a special treat in the mail recently – a hand-written response to a question they posed to Texas Tech Head Football Coach Kliff Kingsbury. The preschoolers asked, “Do players fall down and get Band-Aids?” Coach Kingsbury returned the note with the response, “Thanks for writing me and that is a great question! When our players fall down and get cuts or scratches, they do usually get Band-Aids! Gun’s Up! Coach Kingsbury”

Preschool language teacher, Ms. Jana McWain, works each day to help her students overcome language delays. In her classroom, students learn how to ask questions in order to seek more information. And in celebration of “The Big Game” coming up, Ms. McWain’s students have been exploring all things football. Combining these developing skills together with the school’s college awareness program is what prompted the class to reach out to the coach.

The students also wrote and received responses from two other high-profile collegiate football coaches. They asked Texas Christian University (TCU) Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Sonny Cumbie, “Do football players go to school? What do they learn?” Cumbie responded, “Football players do go to school!  They learn to read, write, and to help out their classmates. They learn to work together as a team to reach their goals.” Texas A&M Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach Jake Spavital responded to his question by saying, “The question is if I play on the playground or a football field. The answer is a football field! Thank you for the question!”

“It was incredibly kind for Coach Kliff Kingsbury, Coach Sonny Cumbie, and Coach Jake Spavital to take the time to respond to our football questions,” Ms. McWain said. “We are very excited to share our learning with so many people!”

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