Nourishing the Mind, Feeding the Body, Thrilling the Students

Sasha lunches with students of the Parma Community School.
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IT WAS MARCH MADNESS OF A DIFFERENT SORT for students throughout the Cleveland area, each group enjoying a different facet of the Cavalier experience, as the men in Wine and Gold hosted same-day events in back-to-back weeks, one designed to fortify the body, the other intended to edify the mind.

Early in the afternoon of March 8th, 20 fifth-grade students from the Parma Community School visited Bridges at The Q for a luncheon menu of healthy and tasty as demonstrated by Wine and Gold members, guard David Wesley, swing man Sasha Pavlovic, and forward Scot Pollard. The students broke up into groups, each making different healthy snacks with the assistance of one of the players. The tasty trio helped the students prepare smoothies, fruit and vegetable kabobs, turkey wraps and yogurt parfaits. Throughout the luncheon, the players stressed the importance of nutrition and exercise in rounding out a healthy lifestyle, helping all students stay "fit as a pro."

Later on the same Thursday, Cavaliers Daniel Gibson, Shannon Brown and Dwayne Jones paid a visit to Big Creek Elementary School in Middleburg Heights for a Read-to-Achieve “Reading Timeout” with 2,500 Students and Families as part of Family Fun Night at the Scholastic Book Fair. In addition, 71 Students were Recognized as MVP’s, All-Stars, Rookies and Slam Dunk Readers for Outstanding Achievement in Reading, during which the players read “Clifford Goes to Hollywood” with the assembly of parents, teachers and students.

Dwayne Jones, Daniel Gibson, and Shannon Brown.
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ON FRIDAY, MARCH 16TH, The Q played host to second-grade students from Harrison Elementary School in Lakewood for a Reading Timeout with Cavalier Dwayne Jones, who read the book Cars to students, a book based on the Disney movie. In addition to an engaging hour with the Cavs center/forward as well as a special appearance by Moondog, students also received their own personal copies of the book as well as the DVD and other Cavaliers memorabilia.

Later in the day, Wine and Gold forwards Drew Gooden and Ira Newble presented part-two of the Fit As a Pro program focusing on exercise and conditioning with 20 fourth-graders from the Henry W. Longfellow School in East Cleveland. Students were presented tips on how to stretch, visited the weight room for how to use exercise equipment properly, and visited the Cavs practice court for a quick circuit of drills and routines, all reinforcing ways to stay in tip-top shape for a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle.

The Cavaliers’ Fit As a Pro program, presented by Medical Mutual, is designed to promote fitness and healthy eating habits among elementary school children in Northeast Ohio.

Read-to Achieve is a league-wide, year-round initiative designed to help young people develop a life-long love for reading. The Cavaliers 2006-07 Read to Achieve Program is presented by Time Warner Cable in association with Fifth Third Bank, KraftMaid Cabinetry and OfficeMax.


  • View Fit As a Pro Photos with Parma Community School students (March 8th)
  • View Reading Timeout Photos with Big Creek Elementary School students (March 8th)
  • View Reading Timeout Photos with Harrison Elementary School students (March 16th)
  • View Fit As a Pro Exercise Photos with Henry W. Longfellow School students (March 16th)