Student-Athletes Deliver Toy Drive Proceeds to Local Charities

Dec. 16, 2015

THE FLATS – Georgia Tech student-athletes delivered approximately $7,500 and nearly 1,500 toys to local charities as part of the 2015 Michael Isenhour Toy Drive.

Members of the men’s basketball, golf, men’s and women’s tennis, and men’s and women’s track & field teams as well as a handful of GTAA staff made the deliveries on Dec. 10.

All of the monies and the majority of the toys collected were donated to the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, while approximately 200 toys were donated to Mission on the Move.

“We are always so grateful for the generous donations made by our fans each year with the Michael Isenhour Toy Drive,” said Leah Thomas, Director of the Total Person Program. “It was a special day when we delivered the proceeds and saw the smiles on the children’s faces. Michael’s legacy continues to live on through everyone’s generosity.”

The 15th annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive began No. 16 during the Yellow Jackets’ home men’s basketball game vs. Tennessee at McCamish Pavilion. Student-athletes also collected donations during the Nov. 24 women’s basketball game vs. Alabama State and the Nov. 28 football game vs. Georgia. Collection bins were also placed inside the lobby of the Edge Building until the second week of December.

The Toy Drive is named in honor of former Georgia Tech basketball letterman and Student-Athlete Advisory Board member Michael Isenhour, who died in 2002 following a battle with leukemia. Isenhour spearheaded the first Toy Drive in 2001 to help families affected by 9/11, and since then, SAAB has continued the annual project in his memory. Charlie Isenhour, Michael’s father, continues to support the toy drive with a donation each year.

The Michael Isenhour Toy Drive is part of Georgia Tech’s Total Person Program, which was originally conceived by former Tech Director of Athletics Dr. Homer Rice. The Total Person Program is centered on the idea that excellence is a result of a balanced life that encompasses academic excellence, athletic achievement, and personal well-being. Click here for more information on the Total Person Program.

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