OGDEN -- Benjamin Abney followed the basketball closely with his eyes and moved back and forth as Weber State University women's basketball players carefully demonstrated how to take a perfect shot.
He bounced nervously until his turn came, then followed the advice and made the shot. He cheered with joy as the shot went in.
The 8-year-old got to spend his recess with the Lady Wildcats as part of the Shadow Valley Elementary School PTA's "Stay Drug Free" week.
PTA mom Kim Robinson coordinated the week's events and decided to take a tone that was a little different from the usual "tie a ribbon on the fence" approach of many schools.
"We wanted to try to do something a little more positive," she said.
Instead of just talking about not doing drugs and staying healthy, Robinson wanted to put action behind the words.
She worked with other PTA and community members and got student athletes from WSU and Ogden High School to come each morning to do school announcements, telling students about the sports they do and how they have to stay drug-free, eat healthy and exercise.
Other athletes come during afternoon recess time and play sports with the students. The kids have played basketball, football, soccer and baseball, because Robinson wanted them to have a chance to try all of the sports.
"I want it to be something that sticks in their mind at that moment of their decision," Robinson said. I want it to be impactful."
It definitely had an impact on 8-year-old Abigail Halverson, who loves soccer and was thrilled when members of the Ogden High soccer team came to Shadow Valley.
"It was cool, because they stay drug-free and they even let the goalie come, and she helps the team the most," Abigail said.
She hopes to be like the soccer players when she gets older.
"I went to one of their games, and I know they don't do drugs," she said. "I know if I did drugs, I wouldn't be able to be active and play soccer."
WSU women's basketball player Leticia Lewis enjoyed spending time with the students.
"I love playing with little kids and getting them active. It's just fun."
Sierra Lawrence, a junior at Ogden High, plays basketball and runs cross country. She also enjoyed the time with the students and hopes she showed a good example.
"There are a lot of factors that keep me from doing drugs, but sports helps keep my body healthy and in good shape. It's good for the kids to know that," she said.
Playground monitor Shae Wilson sees the Red Ribbon Week outdoor events as a win-win for the students. She has seen kids who don't usually take part in playground games joining in.
"It helps some of the kids not feel so bad and left out who usually do," she said.
Some of the students hesitated at first with the student athletes, but soon they were going for it all the way and loving every minute of it.
"They lined up and tried all different things," Wilson said as she looked at the active students. "They've been having a blast and asking when (the athletes) are coming back."
Robinson would like to see the event become a great tradition because it seems to be so successful.
"These kids may not have that kind of role model in their life, so if they can see it here, we have done something good."