| 03/7/2014 04:49 AM
March 5, 2014 - Story by Kayla Thomas
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Paine College student-athletes pride themselves in excelling in the classroom, on the courts and fields and by volunteering their time in the community. Students from the men’s basketball team, cheerleading team and Mahogany Essence Dance Team took some time out of their busy tournament schedule to visit the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club and spend time with the children in the afterschool program.
Head men’s basketball coach Jimmy Link joined Reec from Atlanta’s Hot 107.9 radio station to encourage and motivate the kids before the student-athletes broke into smaller groups with the after school students. The men’s basketball team worked with the A.G. Gaston intramural boys’ basketball teams to share pointers on how to improve their game and transfer what they learn on the court to their lives off the court.
“If you’re a quiet guy, this is your chance to talk,” Link told the kids. “If you’re in the classroom we want you to be quiet and listen, but on the court you have to talk.”
While basketball was taking place on one end of the court, Mahogany Essence and the cheerleaders took to the other end of the court and began working with the A.G. Gaston dance team. The Boys & Girls Club dancers showcased their routine for their upcoming dance competition before Mahogany Essence showed some of their moves. Mahogany Essence also worked with a group of girls and taught them an eight count from one of their routines. The Paine College cheerleaders performed a few of the cheers that they will use on the court when both Paine basketball teams have their Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) tournament quarterfinal basketball games.
The A.G. Gaston kids wished the team good luck, thanked them for their time and posed for a group photo with their new friends from Georgia before the teams departed.
For additional information on all aspects of the Paine College Department of Athletics, please visit www.paineathletics.com or contact Kayla Thomas at 706-821-8438 or firstname.lastname@example.org.