Five students from Georgia Southern University’s Football team presented words of advice on success at the End of the Semester Reception for the East Georgia State College students that are in the African American Male Initiative (AAMI) Program. The event was held on campus at EGSC in the Fulford Learning Center on December 3, 2014.
Ryan Nowicki #49 (Placekicker) ia junior, Sport Management major , spoke about ways to remove obstacles to become a winner. Manrey Saint-Amour #75 (Offensive line) a senior, General Studies major provided tips on what to do if you fail at anything in life (whether it’s on the field or in the classroom). His presentation also provided advice on how to pick yourself up when things go wrong. Andy Kwon #60 (Offensive line) a sophomore, Sport Management major shared his story about being of Asian descent and having a passion to play football. Although his parents were supportive, they lacked knowledge of and did not really understand why he had such a love for the game. Andy discussed what to do when it comes to time management; how to prioritize balancing athletics and academics. Patrick Flowe #48 (Linebacker), Health & Physical Education major explained how he defined good sportsmanship. “Toward the end of the championship game, Matt (Dobson #7) had an awesome play and as a result of his interception we won the championship game. When the game was completely over, Matt went to the guys on the other team and congratulated them for playing so well. In my opinion, that is what sportsmanship is all about.” Matt Dobson #7 (Safety) a junior Health and Physical Education major was the last to speak. He shared a personal story of how college can be challenging. He encouraged students to take advantage of the resources that are available and use them to improve their GPA and overall college experience.
The administrators, faculty, staff, and students from East Georgia State College were very impressed by the presentation and thanked them for coming to East Georgia.
EGSC President Bob Boehmer ended the evening by thanking the guests for attending and presenting. In his remarks he emphasized the importance of community. That evening, EGSC AAMI administrators, faculty, staff, and students, GSU football players, Mr. Barry Young and several Swainsboro High School students were all represented. Dr. Boehmer made the point that it takes a solid, committed group to make programs work – whether it is a football program or a program like the African American Male Initiative, a committed community is vital. With AAMI over the past year, progress has been consistent because of the commitment of the community of stakeholders.
Deborah Kittrell-Mikell serves as the Director of AAMI Swainsboro campus while Antre’ Drummer serves as the Director of AAMI Statesboro.