RICHMOND, VA. – Prior to spring break a couple weeks ago, the VCU volleyball team put in some extra reading. Luckily for the Rams it was not out of their chemistry books, but instead some Dr. Suess.

The volleyball team and staff celebrated Read Across America Day with students at A.M. Davis Elementary school. Read Across America Day is celebrated annually on Dr. Seuss' birthday in schools throughout the entire country.

One or two players went to into every classroom from Pre- K to fourth grade and not only read, but participated in activities and games about the books.

"It is always fun to see the kids light up when a VCU athlete is participating. Perhaps the most is gained by our players and staff because we are touched so much by the enthusiasm and desire to learn and interact," VCU head coach James Finley said.

Coach Finley and his staff saw this as a great opportunity to give back in the community. Giving back is something that Finley stresses as one of the key values of his program.

Finley said, "I think for our team what is most valuable is that we get a chance to give back to the community, and I think often times what we get out is more valuable than what we give back."