Cagers Become HEROs for a Day

Nov. 7, 2006

ATLANTA – Coach Paul Hewitt and the Georgia Tech men’s basketball team volunteered for the second annual fall festival in Yellow Jacket Park for H.E.R.O. (Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out for children).

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H.E.R.O. is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children in Georgia affected by HIV or AIDS. All of Georgia Tech’s players spent time with the children Saturday, Nov. 4, before their exhibition game against Morehouse. Joining the Tech basketball team were members of the cross country and track teams, as well as the JV cheerleading squad.

Hewitt is on the Board of Directors for H.E.R.O. and was enthusiastic about getting the basketball team involved in this project.

“I’ve always said that sports give us a platform to make our communities better. It’s not about wins and losses, but making our community better. If my involvement in this can make for some happy moments for these young kids, then the decision to be involved is easy,” Hewitt said.

“It was fun just to be out playing with the kids and seeing the smiles on their faces”, said senior Mario West, a 2006 graduate who also spends time visiting patients at Egleston Children’s Hospital in his spare time.

Transfer Matt Causey added, “Spending time playing with the kids could leave a lasting impression, and we had a great time.”

H.E.R.O. is expanding their organization at Georgia Tech and anyone interested in volunteering should contact HERO for Children.

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