Cal Poly Pomona Men's Basketball Builds Friendships at Local Elementary School

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RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. – Although it might have been a different atmosphere than a postgame press conference at Duke, the questions were still being fired from all angles. From talking about NBA superstars to experiences of spotting Santa Claus, no topic of conversation was deemed off limits.

The question and answer sessions were just part of the program at Carleton P. Lightfoot Elementary School, as the Cal Poly Pomona men’s basketball team traveled to Rancho Cucamonga Monday morning to visit with children.

“Our teachers and students absolutely love it when these players come to our school,” principal Rosann Marlen said. “The children look up to these student-athletes as role models and getting to play with them and ask questions is a wonderful opportunity.”

The Broncos read stories to the elementary school kids and patiently answered questions, before the CPP players broke free to the outdoors for games with the children.

“I’ve been coming here for the past four years and it’s always a lot of fun,” Donnelle Booker said. “We see a lot of familiar faces and we’re all friends now. They see us as superstars but we can just be ourselves out here and play.”

Although the two groups started with plenty of energy, the kids outhustled the Broncos with games of foursquare, tetherball, knock out and the most popular – chase down Booker.