Community Outreach

I coordinated an activity for the basketball team to reach out to the younger community and be a part of a mentoring program with an organization called “Enactus.” The mentoring program is called Project Occupation where high school students from Columbus High School come to learn enrichment skills to prepare them for college. The team would conduct mock interviews to prepare the high school students for understanding concepts of appropriate dress codes, good confidence and effective ways to communicate. Also the basketball team would help set up times and schedules to make sure that the students were registered for SAT and ACT testing to send along with their applications. I also witnessed the team set up team building activities where the students would interview each other and display the strengths and weaknesses in their group performances. The Bearcats scheduled a community service activity at the River Park homeless shelter for the Christmas break to dedicate time to unfortunate families.

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The Bearcats Fan Experience

Want to perform in front of a large crowd and gain exposure for your performance group? Well here is an opportunity to take advantage of our 6-minute pre-game warm up. This opportunity is designed for cheerleaders/dance groups, youth basketball teams, bands, etc. In order to participate in the activity, the minimum is 20 tickets sold before groups can take advantage of pre-game warm up.

 Another experience we created was the high-five tunnel that offers 20 youth ages 6-14 to create a tunnel for the Bearcats to run through as they take the court for the game. However this fan experience is only available for home games in which either the Boys & Girls Club or Big Brothers Big Sisters club is not scheduled to participate.

These are two of the new fan experiences that the Columbus Bearcats has created in order to give fans more of an opportunity to be an active fan rather than just someone who sits and observes. These experiences are directed towards children to give them a new outlook on basketball and players.

Contact us via email ABA@columbus-bearcats.com

The Bearcats Reading Initiative

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As the team’s second year here in Columbus, I was part of a planning committee created new initiative and fan experiences for fans. The Bearcats Reading initiative is intended to target elementary students by encouraging them to read a set number of hours a week. Teachers and parents are an important part of the initiative by monitoring the number of hours read each month. At the end of each month teachers report the total number of hours read by their class which can include hours read outside of the school setting. Once the totals have been collected, at the beginning of the following month the class with the most hours in each grade level will be rewarded with a pizza party. While writing the blueprints of the initiative we encountered a few obstacles which such as getting it approved by the Superintendent of the Muscogee County School district and encouraging parents and teachers to participate in the program.

Giving Back: Ronald McDonald House

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On November 6, 2013, the Columbus Bearcats volunteered to cook dinner for families of the Ronald McDonald House of Columbus, GA. The purpose of this event was to show families in the Chattahoochee River area that their local community is always willing to support them. We started preparing dinner around 4:30 p.m. We cooked baked chicken, rice, corn and rolls. During dinner we talked with the families and got to know them a little bit. While talking with them I discovered how humble and thankful they were for their meal today. The team and I appreciated the opportunity to getaway from practice and give back. 

Fall Festival

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In a previous post, I discussed the upcoming community events planned for the rest of this year. On Halloween, we (Columbus Bearcats) aided  North Columbus Boys & Girls club in hosting a Fall Festival event. We provided candy and other treats for the kids of the along with providing candy we helped paint faces. The purpose of this event is to provide a safe place for children to trick or treat and enjoy Halloween. There were around 50 boys and girls that attended the festival. We set-up different activity stations, such as a photo booth, cookie creations, and a coloring station. In my opinion the event was a success, most of all I enjoyed seeing the smiles on the faces of the children and knowing they were in a safe environment.

Out of all the stations I enjoyed the cookie creations the most because at this station, I had the chance to see the creativity of the children.

Intern in a NPACE World!

This semester I got too finish my junior internship (did previous hours this summer) with the NPACE center here on campus. Let me say this: When I first changed my major to Communication I was thrilled. I was at the official opening of the NPACE center and I could not wait to work here!

When I first started to work here, I was intimidated. Everyone was already in their zone. They had a flow of things and here I was the newcomer. Those insecurities quickly left once I was introduced to Hayley Henderson. She welcomed me to the center and I never felt so much at home. My first task is to learn the ins and outs of the NPACE center.

I am actually thinking about pitching a radio show. That would be awesome and the NPACE center has an amazing radio station!

This semester is going to be wonderful!