Athlete’s life lessons


Former player interacts with CM, WCS students

By Diana Miller - For The News Journal



Clinton-Massie fourth-grader Leah Binau sported her Iowa State Cyclones jersey in honor of Coach Sloth’s visit.


Courtesy photo

Students at Holmes Elementary assist Coach Sloth in the reading of Hank the Bully.


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Author, actor and former college and professional football star Ryan Sloth visited Clinton-Massie Elementary School and Wilmington’s East End and Holmes elementaries recently, sharing his books and stories from his career.

Sloth, a native of Iowa, played football for Iowa State University, later played arena football for the Iowa Barnstormers and the Bakersfield Blitz, and then served as the assistant coach for the Iowa Barnstormers. He’s also appeared in the movies We Are Marshall, Leatherheads, Touchback and Spiderman.

Sloth visited with students throughout the day, showing some of his football memorabilia and telling about some of his career highlights. He also engaged students in the reading of his most recent children’s book, Hank the Bully.

Students volunteered to help Coach Sloth by acting out the story of Hank Honey Badger, a big, mean bully that picks on his classmates, and in one week, loses all of his friends, gets in big trouble at school, and learns that being a bully is not cool.

Information for this article was provided by Diana Miller who coordinates communications for several area schools.

Clinton-Massie fourth-grader Leah Binau sported her Iowa State Cyclones jersey in honor of Coach Sloth’s visit.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Coach-Sloth-CM-cr.jpgClinton-Massie fourth-grader Leah Binau sported her Iowa State Cyclones jersey in honor of Coach Sloth’s visit. Courtesy photo

Students at Holmes Elementary assist Coach Sloth in the reading of Hank the Bully.
http://wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Coach-Sloth-Holmes-2-cr.jpgStudents at Holmes Elementary assist Coach Sloth in the reading of Hank the Bully. Courtesy photo
Former player interacts with CM, WCS students

By Diana Miller

For The News Journal

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