Team Prime Time Visits The Bruins

March 12, 2002

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    On Tuesday, February 12, students from the Team Prime Time after-school program at Daniel Webster Middle School came to UCLA for a visit with the Bruins. The group toured the UCLA campus and met with members of the men's basketball team prior to practice. Head Coach Steve Lavin and Bruin senior Billy Knight answered questions on the floor of Pauley Pavilion, while other students received shooting tips from sophomore T.J. Cummings.

    A sneak peek of the locker room followed where staff member Dana Martin reviewed the Bruin Attitude, a code of conduct created by Lavin to encourage the members of his team to be better student-athletes. The 23 points, displayed in capitol letters just inside the locker room, are an integral part of the team's mental conditioning and are emphasized every day. While Martin explained the significance of each point, Team Prime Time program director Peter Straus asked the students to reflect upon how each point could relate to their own lives.

    The group concluded their day with a visit to UCLA's Drake Stadium where they met with Head Women's Track & Field Coach Jeanette Bolden and Head Women's Soccer Coach Jillian Ellis who visited the group last October.

    Team Prime Time is an after school program that targets children performing below grade level and creates individualized tutorial programs in an effort to increase their academic performance. Athletics has proven to be a powerful tool for improving children's self-esteem, fostering teamwork and teaching skills that children can use on and off the court. Members of the UCLA Athletics community have gladly assisted in these efforts and look forward to continuing the relationship with Team Prime Time.

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