As part of the University of Alaska Anchorage Athletics Department's continuing community service efforts, eight Seawolf student-athletes took part last week in the Central Middle School career fair.

The student-athletes - representing UAA's volleyball and men's and women's basketball teams - participated in four breakout sessions. They discussed the importance of academics and its role in allowing an opportunity to play collegiate sports.

"There was very positive feedback between the middle-school students and our student-athletes," said UAA assistant men's basketball coach Ryan Orton, who helped organize the volunteer effort. "During the question-and-answer sessions, you could really see a connection that served as a growing experience for everyone."

The primary purpose of the career fair is to present middle-school students with many pathways to various occupations.

The student-athletes representing the Seawolves were volleyball players Robyn Burton, Kimya Jafroudi and Nikkie Viotto, men's basketball players Abebe Demissie, Mario Gill and Travis Thompson, and women's basketball players Tijera Mathews and Kaylie Robison.

Orton said future volunteer efforts this spring and summer will include partnering with Alaska Special Olympics, among other opportunities.