Members of the Butler University Athletic Department embraced the true meaning of the holiday season this week. Several Bulldogs participated in the Shoebox Christmas. Butler adopted the St. Mary's Child Center, delivering presents and spending time with the children.
Through the efforts of Butler student-athletes and department staff members, 130 shoeboxes filled with toys were sent to the kids at the St. Mary's Center. The children there are preschool aged, 3-5 years old.
Butler father-son combo Bill (head men's golf) and Pete Mattingly (sophomore football player) spent a lot of time with the children, participating in activities and playing games.
The St. Mary's Child Center, located in downtown Indianapolis, is connected to the Butler College of Education in that both entities teach the Reggio Emilia approach of education. The method, originally for preschoolers, is an innovative way of teaching where the students control the direction of the learning. That concept is instilled in BU's education curriculum.
This was the second year Butler Athletics has participated in the Shoebox Christmas.