ATLANTA — With the women’s soccer and baseball teams participating in community service events over the Martin Luther King holiday, Georgia State student-athletes have already passed the 3,000 hour-mark for the 2013-14 academic year.
The annual goal is 5,000 hours of service in the community by the Panther student-athletes. The group has fulfilled more than 60 percent of that goal early in the second semester.
“We are always impressed at how willing the student-athletes are to volunteer their time and talents to participate in community service events,” said academic advisor Jessica Summey, who oversaw the department’s community service efforts in the first semester. “It is one of our priorities to have them give back and support the Atlanta community and they respond with their willingness to reach out, especially to the younger kids.”
Director of Athletics Cheryl Levick elevated the goal and made community service a priority early in her tenure. “Community and Service” is one of the athletic department’s core values, and the student-athletes have continued to step up their efforts, exceeding expecations every year.
Included in the student-athletes’ efforts during the first semester were visits to the Atlanta Children’s Hospital, collection and distribution of clothing and personal items for the homeless in downtown Atlanta, working as part of the cleanup crew at historic Oakland Cemetery along with several other similar projects.