August 30, 2023
Roving Roo Reporter
The Nashville Kangaroos have visited many local schools over the years as part of the mission of the club: to promote US-Australian relations, and we call this our Schools Program.
What that means is when a school is learning about different countries, they typically look to the community to see who can come talk to their students, and when it comes to Australia, that always leads them to the Nashville Kangaroos!
This year the Holy Trinity Montessori school has chosen to learn about Australia and naturally they reached out to us to help them with that. Of course, we said, "Cheers, Mate!" and we have agreed to be there on Wednesday September 13th, from 9:00 to 10:30 am. The program is open ended of course, and we will cover things like how Australia was formed, what holidays they celebrate, what makes Australia unique, and much more. We will cover the language (how to speak Australian...), hopefully share some music (Waltzing Matilda, what is a didgeridoo), and last but certainly not least, what is near and dear to our hearts - Australian sports! For sure we will share what is Australian Rules Football, and hopefully what is netball as well.
As part of this particular program, the entire school (160+ students) and their parents and the faculty have been invited to come cheer on the Nashville Kangaroos vs. Chicago Swans footy match that weekend: Saturday September 16th at 2:00 pm in Elmington Park. We will have a Kids Clinic where they can run around the field kicking and handballing. And of course enjoy watching some fantastic, and uniquely Australian, Aussie Rules Football! We are also looking to do a netball demonstration as well.
To make this happen, the Nashville Kangaroos need your help!
If you are Australian and can come help share your love of Australia, please reach out to club president, Jeff Persson, at President@NashvilleKangaroos.org. You don't have to be there for the full 90 minutes, and the club has a few things we can share with the kids. In particular, we are looking for someone with music skills to sing a song or two (especially Waltzing Matilda). It would also be great if someone (or two) were willing to share what it was like growing up in Australia and what it is like moving to another country. Other ideas are most welcome as well. For more information on the Nashville Kangaroos, please visit us at www.nashvillekangaroos.org and see our Instagram site.
Aussie, Aussie, Aussie ... Oy! Oy! Oy!