July 21, 2015
THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech Freshman Leadership Academy wraps up its four-week program with a trip to Urban Perform to help hand out King of Pops Popsicles for the POPUP Popsicle Stand.
The 40 freshmen student-athletes from the Georgia Tech football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball programs will help Urban Perform hand out popsicles, interact with the community, and play games like four square and basketball on Wednesday.
The Freshman Leadership Academy is a four-week program that all incoming student-athletes participate in, in either the summer or the fall of their first year on campus. The leadership academy meets once a week for four weeks, with the sessions focusing on self-awareness, building a personal brand, establishing values and culminates with a community service trip. The four sessions are to help the brand new Yellow Jackets become good leaders on campus and in the community.
The Freshman Leadership Academy is in its seventh year and is run by Leah Thomas, the director of the Total Person Support Services at Georgia Tech. The leadership academy not only is an introduction on leadership, but introduces the freshman to the Total Person Program and the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
Urban Perform (UP) is a non-profit organization making exercise accessible and affordable to the underserved communities of English Avenue, Vine City and Washington Park in Atlanta. Urban Perform began because residents in English Avenue asked for a safe place to exercise. By making exercise accessible and affordable, they are fighting obesity in underserved neighborhoods. Urban Perform’s vision is to partner with local organizations to decrease rates of obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes; thus, creating a health conscious change in the community.