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In Sioux Falls for the day, the Hanson High School volleyball team volunteers for an afternoon at Jane Addams Elementary. From the kids to the teachers, excitement fills the room.

"When we get any type of sports coming in kids love it,” explains 3rd and 4th grade teacher Donna Bumann.

Just like the players' love for the game, the desire to do a good job brings a little bit of nerves, both on and off the court--just ask Assistant Coach Yolanda Price.

"We really wanted to just keep them busy all day and not focus as much on the game tomorrow night, so getting them to come here brings them a different set of nerves but it is also good for them to be exposed to different things too,” says Price.

Hailey Doyle is one of 16 players on her way to the state tournament, now helping kids learn the basics of counting change.

"Just, like, when I walked in and saw all of their smiles, it makes you feel good,” says Doyle.

For this group of 3rd and 4th graders, English is their second language. Students have a variety of different skill levels and wants and needs.

"Just talking with somebody else and having more individualized attention,” says Bumann.

A lesson in the classroom impacts each of their families as a whole.

“It's absolutely amazing, it helps so much and their parents appreciate it so much,” adds Bumann.

It's an experience the team can’t find on the gym floor, no matter the championship.

"Who knows where life will take them and it might impact them and their future,” says Price.
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