July 28, 2008
By Leah Thomas – Alade Aminu, along with Zack Peacock and Lance Storrs, from Georgia Tech’s men’s basketball team spent time Friday afternoon talking with and then playing ball with some of the campers at hip-hop star Usher’s New Look Camp that’s being hosted on Georgia Tech’s campus.
This camp is designed to give underprivileged kids a chance to learn about the business side of the sports and entertainment world. Campers are divided into several groups (music, dance, sports, etc…) depending on their personal interests. When the request came in for a Georgia Tech student-athlete to come speak to these kids, some of our men’s basketball team members stepped up to the plate for the fifth time this summer. This team has taken it upon themselves to make sure that the community service requests we have gotten this summer have been fulfilled.
Alade Aminu agreed to come speak about what it’s like being a collegiate athlete, and he brought Zack Peacock and Lance Storrs with him. They each told their personal stories of how they got to where they are, and then they spent close to 30 minutes just answering questions that the kids had. As part of camp tradition, each Tech player was given a nickname by the camp kids and then plenty of autographs were signed and pictures were taken.
Channel 11 News showed up to listen to the guys share their stories, and then followed us all outside to watch our players play basketball on the concrete courts on that side of campus. Channel 11 interviewed Alade, knowing that he has been very instrumental in the community involvement of men’s basketball this summer. The story aired Friday evening at 6 p.m., and definitely showed those three in a different light.