Oct. 28, 2009
Rome, Ga. - Lady Hawks were out and about in the Rome community on Tuesday.
Yesterday morning, members of the Shorter College women's basketball team took a visit to Elm Elementary in West Rome as part of the school's Red Ribbon Week, a program designed to encourage young students to say no to drugs and to also follow their dreams.
"It is important to give back to the community and to have kids realize that they can reach their dreams just like our girls did," said Lady Hawks' assistant coach Kristy Brown, who attended the event along with fellow hoops assistant Sandra Kostandinovic and five members of the 2009-10 squad. "It was wonderful spending time with such an enthusiastic group of boys and girls."
Each day during Elm's Red Ribbon Week sports a theme, and Tuesday's basketball-friendly theme was "Be Drug Free: It's a Slam Dunk."
"The kids loved the Shorter Lady Hawks coming to help celebrate Red Ribbon Week," said Elm counselor Miriam Loveless, who helped coordinate the visit. "I related the 'goal' in basketball being as important as making a goal for yourself. The kids were able to see the Lady Hawk players and hear what goals they plan to achieve."
Lady Hawks Tabatha Jenkins, Chelsi Matthews, Aiste Pranciliauskaite, Megan Queen and Whitni Tucker spent two hours with Elm Elementary students from kindergarten to sixth grade, talking about their own personal journeys and the importance of staying active and reaching for goals.
The Lady Hawks also spent some time with Elm's sixth grade girls' basketball team as the students, in turn, had the opportunity to share their own thoughts and experiences with the players while getting a chance to hear valuable insight from some positive role models in their own backyard.
"Our girls did a great job representing themselves and Shorter College," said Brown.
Harold the Hawk also made an appearance, an added bonus for the children who had a chance to take pictures and play with Shorter's beloved mascot.
"It was fun to see the kids light up when they saw Harry the Hawk," Brown said. "They got excited about meeting him."
The Lady Hawks invited the students to come to their home-opening tournament, the Shorter College Classic, on Nov. 6-7.
Shorter will take on Reinhardt College on Nov. 6 and Milligan on Nov. 7 at the Winthrop-King Centre. Both games are scheduled to tip at 6 p.m.
The Lady Hawks open the 2009-10 season on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when they travel to Atlanta for an exhibition game with NCAA Division I Georgia State University at 6 p.m. Tickets for that contest are $4 and are available by calling 866-GASTATE.