THE FLATS – The Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board’s (SAAB) 22nd-annual Michael Isenhour Toy Drive is underway. The drive kicked off with collection of 18 large bags of toys and more than $5,000 in monetary donations at Georgia Tech’s Nov. 12 football game versus Miami (Fla.).
For fans that still wish to donate toys to the Isenhour Toy Drive, which benefits the Atlanta Children’s Shelter, collection bins will be available in the main lobby of the Edge Center (corner of Bobby Dodd Way and Techwood Drive, adjacent to Bobby Dodd Stadium) for the remainder of the month. The collection ends Friday, Dec. 2.
Monetary donations can be made directly at the Atlanta Children’s Shelter donation page, linked here. Cash and checks cannot be accepted at Georgia Tech.
Toys may also be shipped to Georgia Tech for donation at the following address:
Georgia Tech Athletic Association
Attn: Kevin Cone – Michael Isenhour Toy Drive
150 Bobby Dodd Way NW
Atlanta, Ga. 30332
VIDEO: 2021 Michael Isenhour Toy Drive
The Michael Isenhour Toy Drive was founded in 2001 by Georgia Tech men’s basketball student-athlete Michael Isenhour, whose inspiration was to assist families impacted by the terrorist attached of Sept. 11, 2001. Isenhour, who was battling leukemia when he started the toy drive, lost his battle with the disease in 2002. SAAB renamed the toy drive in his honor to create an enduring legacy in memory of their fellow student-athlete.
The Atlanta Children’s Shelter (ACS) was founded in 1986 with a mission to break the cycle of generational poverty for families facing homelessness by building pathways to long-term self-sufficiency by providing quality early childhood education. All families served at ACS live in poverty and have young children under the age of 6. Donations made by Georgia Tech fans help enhance ACS’ annual “Holiday House” event.
Competitive Drive Initiative
In a unified endeavor, Georgia Tech, the Georgia Tech Foundation, Georgia Tech athletics and the Alexander-Tharpe Fund have come together to accelerate funding for student-athlete scholarships with the launch of the Competitive Drive Initiative. The initiative kicks off with the Accelerate GT Match Program, where any new gift to the A-T Fund’s Athletic Scholarship Fund made through Dec. 31 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the Georgia Tech Foundation, up to $2.5 million. Should Accelerate GT reach its $2.5 million fundraising goal, the matching gift would result in a $5 million impact for Georgia Tech athletics. To learn more and to contribute online, visit atfund.org/accelerate.