May 10, 2012
ATHENS, Ga. --- The University of Georgia Athletic Association partnered with Hamilton E. Holmes Elementary School in East Point, Ga., to present "UGA Day - Learn, Play, Excel" on Wednesday, May 9.
Students in grades 2-5 enjoyed presentations that focused on such topics as education, leadership, anti-bullying, respect for authority and the value of participation in athletics. UGA football coach Mark Richt, men's basketball coach Mark Fox and women's basketball coach Andy Landers all attended UGA Day.
In addition, a UGA student-athlete from each of these three sports also participated, lending a younger perspective to the program. The student-athletes that attended are football players Chris Conley, men's basketball player Gerald Robinson, Jr., and women's basketball player Jasmine James.
"Participating in the UGA Day at Holmes Elementary was a great experience," said James. "To have the opportunity to speak to the kids about the importance of education, following their dreams and staying focused meant a lot to me. UGA student-athletes are big role models in their eyes and it was great to be able to interact with them."
Part of an overall initiative for community outreach in the Metro Atlanta area, University of Georgia's Executive Associate Athletic Director Dr. Carla Williams hoped to promote the importance of education and the University of Georgia during the visit.
"Through these programs, we have the opportunity to impact the community and our schools by promoting education and college attendance," Williams said. "We also want the children to think about the University of Georgia as not only their University, but also as their first choice for college when that time comes."
Holmes Elementary School was named for Dr. Hamilton E. Holmes, one of the first two African Americans to attend UGA.