Former University of Tennessee Lady Vol and Heritage High School basketball standout Cait McMahan took time recently to talk with second grade students at Walland Elementary School about good citizenship.
McMahan was asked by second grade teacher Julie Sherman to speak with students during Good Citizenship Week at the school. “It’s good to get them when they’re young and get them on the right path,” said McMahan.
McMahan, who is the co-chair for the 2010 Blount County Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, said she shared with the students what she is doing in volunteering with the cancer society.
McMahan said she just tried to keep the second graders’ attention because she remembered being their age. “When I was in elementary school, you listen to someone talk one minute, and then my mind was outside. But they did a good job and had lots of questions about what they could do to be good citizens,” she said.
McMahan is currently at senior majoring in communications. A knee injury ended her playing career, but she still works in the basketball team office and plans to graduate in May.
Sherman was impressed with McMahan and how she interacted with the class. “She came up and talked to the kids, and she was awesome,” the teacher said. “She asked what they thought it took to be a good citizens, and she told them what she thought it took - being responsible, trustworthy, truthful, dedicated and working hard.”