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      Univ. of Toledo athletes give back with visit to Family House

      F reshman football and basketball players at the University of Toledo got a lesson in life Wednesday from those in need.

      40 incoming athletes enrolled in the university's "Strategies for College Success" course paid a visit to Family House to spend time with the homeless families that live there. The athletes got a first-hand look at poverty in Toledo while providing hope and inspiration to the 44 children at the facility.

      The course is part of UT's Summer Orientation program for football and basketball players entering into college. It is designed to provide a foundation for success.

      "We are talking to these kids about compassion, communication, and other vital life skills," program facilitator Adam Salon said of the athletes' visit to Family House. "UT Athletics has a great tradition of giving back to the community. This fits right in."

      Family House Executive Director Renee Palacios said some kids at Family House have never dreamed of going to college given their situation. "Having these young college athletes, some coming from the same challenged background, taking time out to speak to our kids is truly inspiring," said Palacios.