April 30, 2007
ATLANTA – The Georgia Tech women’s basketball team has been very busy since putting together one of the best years in program history. Over the past month, members of the squad have been partaking in various community service events around the city of Atlanta.
“This team loves to spend time with kids and it is very important to all of us to reach out to Atlanta’s youth,” said associate director of promotions and events Miranda Bryen. “We’re looking forward to participating in many more activities like this over the next several months.”
Juniors Chioma Nnamaka and Janie Mitchell and sophomore Tabitha Turner were in attendance at the Church of Decatur Heights last Wednesday night to speak to the boys and girls about motivation and the importance of staying in school. After each athlete had a chance to speak on the subject, they took to the courts to provide the children with demonstrations on various basketball skills.
Last Thursday, associate head coach Mark Simons, assistant coach Sytia Messer, juniors Jill Ingram and Daphne Mitchell and freshman Brigitte Ardossi and Tiffany Blackmon were invited by Professor Maureen Weidner and Nathan Green, the Executive Vice President of the Student Construction Association at Georgia Tech, to the Avondale Elementary playground dedication. The Yellow Jackets served as special guests to break in the new basketball courts and speak with the students. Principal Rosemary Malone led the dedication for the brand new park open to the community.
Ingram and Mitchell played a heated two-on-two basketball game with a few students, while Ardossi and Blackmon helped with serving lunch and handing out candy. All the Jackets took turns speaking with those in attendance.
Over the past month, members of the team have also been involved with many other events including the Habitat for Humanity in the park project, the YES clinic at the Georgia Tech campus recreation center and led a large group of children to the Georgia Dome during the Dribble to the Dome event held before the Final Four.