More than 3,000 area children, teachers and coaches flocked to Welsh-Ryan Arena for the Wildcats' third annual Field Trip Day Dec. 14 as the women's basketball team played the University of Illinois-Chicago.
The event also featured the return of alumna and former All-Big Ten student-athlete Mo Holohan who, during a pre-game presentation, talked about the benefits of her participation in sports as a child. Holohan, author of a series of books entitled "The Broadway Ballplayers," also encouraged the children in attendance to participate in sports and pursue activities they enjoy.
The Jesse White Tumblers provided a halftime exhibition.
Although the Wildcats came up short on the court, losing 71-64 to UIC, the entire squad returned to the bench after the game to sign autographs.
To promote Field Trip Day, Wildcat players visited several of the participating schools before the event, distributing copies of Holohan's books, talking with children and demonstrating basketball drills. Participants were encouraged to read the book and compete in a book report contest. The writers of the best book reports will be honored Jan. 30 at halftime of the women's basketball game vs. Purdue.