K-State Research and Extension News
February 08, 2013
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At K-State, Youthful Audience Introduced to Purple Pride

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MANHATTAN, Kan. Visitors to the Kansas State University campus are typically quick to note that purple is the color of choice, yet fans attending the Feb. 2 basketball match-up between K-State’s Lady Cats and the University of Kansas could hardly miss an enthusiastic group wearing green.

No wonder.

This year, a record number of Kansas 4-H families and friends -- 1,744 to be exact -- donned the festive 4-H green T-shirts prior to attending the women’s basketball game, said Sarah Maass, Central Kansas District K-State Research and Extension 4-H agent and chairperson of the event planning team.

“Attendance has more than doubled since the event was introduced five years ago,” said Maass, who noted that 2013 attendees represented 68 of Kansas’ 105 counties, and came from as far away as Hugoton, Kan.

For many, the day is an introduction to K-State and a land-grant university, she said. And, while the double-overtime game proved a thriller, 4-H members, their friends and families rated the  day – and Kansas 4-H – winners.

Stacy Waldy, from Maple Hill, Kan., brought two daughters and a friend. She is enthusiastic about family-friendly 4-H youth development. Waldy was not a 4-H member during her growing up years, and credits husband Chris with introducing the family to 4-H.

The couple’s three daughters – Bethany, Jesstine and Christina – are active in the Dover 4-H Club in Shawnee County, and son Jacob, who has just become a CloverBud, will join as soon as he is eligible.

With the girls interested in the horse project, their mother appreciates the variety of projects. Daughter Bethany also has chosen the sewing project, and older sister Jesstine has added the foods and nutrition, goat and poultry projects. 

“In 4-H, there’s always something new to learn,” said Stacy Waldy, who added that participating in various capacities during 4-H meetings provides opportunities for youth to learn how to plan, manage and lead a meeting, and practice parliamentary procedure.

Anna Carpenter, of Wamego, Kan., notes that lessons in 4-H spill over into other aspects of her life.  

Carpenter is a member of the Wabaunsee 4-H Club. She participates in the horse and beef projects, and credits 4-H with helping her become a more self-confident individual.

More information about educational opportunities with Kansas 4-H is available at K-State Research and Extension offices throughout the state and online at 4-H Youth Development. The 2014 edition of 4-H Day with the Wildcat Women’s Basketball Team will be scheduled and posted online when the 2013-14 basketball schedule becomes available.


K-State Research and Extension is a short name for the Kansas State University Agricultural Experiment Station and Cooperative Extension Service, a program designed to generate and distribute useful knowledge for the well-being of Kansans. Supported by county, state, federal and private funds, the program has county Extension offices, experiment fields, area Extension offices and regional research centers statewide. Its headquarters is on the K-State campus, Manhattan.

Story by: Nancy Peterson
K-State Research & Extension News

Sarah Maass is at 785-309-5850 or semaass@ksu.edu