December 18, 2010

Athletics Set to Hold Community Engagement Week

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DAHLONEGA, GA – The Department of Athletics at North Georgia College & State University is committed to modeling the NCAA Division II Community Engagement platform by stepping out into the community and building lasting relationships.

"North Georgia Athletics embraces the significance of giving back to the community," Director of Athletics Lindsay Reeves said. "We are honored and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of this important Division II priority."

Over the next five days, the sports communications office will highlight experiences by North Georgia student-athletes as the Department of Athletics continuously encourages community engagement at the local, national, and international level.

"Our entire student-athlete body is dedicated to increasing our efforts in community engagement this year and each of our 10 intercollegiate teams have committed to sponsor one program as well as work collaboratively on other initiatives."

Habitat for Humanity, Community Helping Place, Compassion in Action, Elachee Nature Center, and Family Connection will all be featured in stories during North Georgia Athletics inaugural Community Engagement Week.

The inspirational stories will kickoff Monday morning at 8:00 a.m. with a trio of men's soccer players that contributed to one of the largest community projects in the city of Atlanta, with the final project being released Christmas Eve and telling the story of over 200 North Georgia student-athletes coming together to give Christmas to children living in Dahlonega.

"As student-athletes, we have been given a voice in our community," North Georgia softball player and National Student Athlete Advisory Committee Representative Hilary Cox said. "We are making a conscious effort to give back to a community that has given us so much."

Division II is committed to developing students and communities by actively engaging in shared experiences and, therefore, has targeted community engagement as one of its strategic priorities.

Universities and their students have performed more community service than many other organizations. However, Division II is emphasizing the gathering of individuals to share in an experience and not just provide assistance to an individual or group of individuals in need.