June 5, 2012
This past weekend, close to 70 UCLA student-athletes took part in the end of year celebration for the Prime Time Games, a community outreach program started by Athletic Performance Coach Mike Linn three years ago.
"This unique program builds much needed self esteem and self confidence in two uniquely different population groups through sports," said Linn. "The lessons learned through coaching as well as through participation in sports are long lasting and should be available for all to experience. We at UCLA are honored to be a part of such a rewarding program."
The Prime Time Games joins at-risk middle school students with local special need students in a coach/athlete environment with the middle school students acting as coaches and the special need students are the athletes. The UCLA student-athletes help mentor the 'coaches' throughout weekly visits to the schools.
Athletes from gymnastics, swimming and diving, track and field, football, men's and women's basketball, men's volleyball, men's water polo, softball and men's and women's soccer participated in the event.