HANOVER, N.H. – Several Dartmouth student-athletes have recently spent time volunteering at White River Junction Elementary School with the Find the Courage (FTC) program. The non-profit program is run in area schools and gives students effective strategies to be positive leaders by promoting kindness, inclusion, encouragement, compassion and respect to all people.

"It has been incredible working with Dartmouth student-athletes in this mentoring capacity," said Molly Creamer, Executive Director of Find The Courage.  "Their kindness, energy and passion are contagious.  They truly embody what it means to make a positive impact."

Dartmouth women's basketball player Kaitana Martinez (Hailey, Idaho) led the mentoring group which also featured Brandon Gill (Clyde, Texas) from the track and field team and Victor Williams (Muskogee, Okla.) from the football team. The Big Green student-athletes went into the classroom and helped teach the principles of Find The Courage to a third-grade class through role playing, inspirational speaking and a general Q&A session.

"You should have seen the third graders’ eyes light up when they saw these role models enter the classroom," said Creamer.  "It’s incredible when people realize they have a platform to make a difference, and inspiring to see those role models use their platform to spread a message of kindness. There is no doubt the Dartmouth athletes made it cool to be kind."

For more information on Find The Courage, click HERE.