"The Northern Iowa and Northern Iowa athletics really have a great sense of community here so we wanted to be great athletes, but we also feel it is important to be great citizens and great students," head coach Dan Steele said.
Along with the wrestling program, the UNI track and field program brought 60-plus student-athletes to interact with the children.
The student-athletes got to participate in games, face painting, playing sports and got to eat "walking tacos" with the children.
"I think the Panther student-athletes get as much out of it as the Boys and Girls Club does," Steele said. "Being able to connect with something bigger than themselves helps them develop as better human beings."
Visiting the Boys and Girls Club is an annual event for the Panthers, and the athletes involved realize the effect they have on the community.
"I think some of us don't realize how much of an impact we are on the community around us and it is great to see that these kids love UNI athletes and they love to see us as much as we love to see them," sophomore Jamie Lindstrom said.
To view more of the track and field team's experience at the Boys and Girls Club fans can view the video attached to the feature.