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Hundreds of students go to UT Rockets game for field trip

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1,200 elementary and middle school students from Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan enjoyed quite a fun field trip on Wednesday.

They left their classrooms and went to a University of Toledo Lady Rockets basketball game which began at 11 a.m.

It's rare there is a game so early on a week day, but UT organized the event for the kids.

This marked the second annual Rocket Women's Basketball Education game.

Coach Tricia Cullop addressed all of the classes in the stands before the game started.

In advance of the game, UT gave the students workbooks with math problems and writing exercises.

"This is an unusual time to have a basketball game but we think it's a great opportunity to reach out to the community, make it an educational day, bring some young people that don't ordinarily get a chance to go to Rocket games and maybe give them a little educational message in the process ," says Paul Helgren, UT Associate Director for Communications

"It's awesome. Our kids have been so excited to go. This is basically a once in a lifetime opportunity for them, so we have the majority of our school was able to come to today's game ," says Allison Hurst, 2nd grade teacher at Old Orchard Elementary School. "We made signs, we're hoping to support the community and get some educational experience out of it also."

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