Golden selected for Red Cross/NAIA leadership program
Earlier this week Georgetown College’s Devon Golden got news she never thought possible. “I knew it was a slim chance,” the sophomore said. “I kind of went into it expecting the worst, but was really excited that the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program selected me.” Through this initiative, student-athletes will learn from civic and business leaders how to uncover their leadership potential off the field.
The participants will organize successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board and take part in diversity and cultural competency training. For their efforts, students will receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance. Katie Filiatreau participated in the first year of the program. When Golden applied, it was with the understanding that both the NAIA and the Red Cross prefer to choose athletes from institutions that have not already had a participant. However, Golden did not back down from the challenge and worked hard on the application process.
When she was selected for a follow-up interview, it was again stressed to her that it was unlikely she would be selected. A week later, a release was sent out and Golden’s name was one of the 11 athletes to be chosen. “I’m excited to get this opportunity, and I’m looking forward to getting the leadership skills this experience will provide,” the Ohio native said.
The program was designed to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of American Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program. As part of its support of the Red Cross diversity initiatives, State Farm Insurance is sponsoring this partnership. The leadership program kicks off with two weeks of energetic training at the Red Cross National Headquarters located in Washington, D.C. from June 5 to June 18. The incoming class will participate in a rare and unique opportunity to acquire firsthand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by the Red Cross, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations.
In addition, Lori Thomas, NAIA Senior Vice President for Champions of Character, and Kristin Gillette, Director of Champions of Character, will hold character workshops during the two week leadership academy. “Athletics play such an important role in creating a sense of community on college campuses. The partnership with the NAIA has created a rich opportunity to connect campus communitieswith the life-saving mission of the Red Cross through the energy of NAIA studentathletes,” said Brian Hamil, Red Cross National Chair Biomedical Services.
“As we enter our fifth year of the program, we remain grateful for the continuing financial support of State Farm Insurance.”
“I thought Devon was an obvious nomination for this,” said GC Coach Johnson. “I saw this as being a win-win for the Red Cross and Devon.” Through this program, Georgetown College women’s basketball team regularly sponsors and organizes blood drives. Started by Filiatreau, current senior Emily Drees and junior Gina Beining have continued this tradition. “We are extremely proud of the relationship we have built with the American Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.
Student-athletes selected for this leadership academy have an amazing opportunity to further their skill sets, build lifelong relationships while carrying out a very important mission,” Thomas said. “To know that over 50 NAIA student-athletes produced an increase of blood drives on college campuses, an increase of blood collections and brought in more than 2,000 first-time donors is incredible, and we could not be more proud.”
“I know every day from around 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. we will be in conferences to learn the ins-and-outs of the Red Cross,” Golden said. “I’m looking forward to bringing that back to Georgetown and taking a further initiative on what Gina and Emily have already done.”
GC sports updateBy ANDY RUSSELL
Baseball takes two from Emmanuel
The GC baseball team posted some impressive numbers this past weekend at Emmanuel College, winning two of their three games. GC was beaten easily in game one 8-4 but bounced back to win the series with an 11-0 and 5-4 win on Saturday.
GC mercy ruled Emmanuel in game one on Saturday in the fifth inning with impressive games from Brian Smith, Randy Guite and Taylor Hatfield. Smith was 2-of-3 with three RBIs and two runs, Guite was 2-of-4 with three RBIs and one run and Hatfield was 2-of-2 with two RBIs and two runs. K.C. Massie pitched another fantastic game giving up only three hits in five innings of work.
The third game featured a scoreless game through three innings and then both offenses exploded. Emmanuel scored three in the fourth and GC scored three in the fifth. GC won in its final at-bat with two runs scored and Chase Ballinger closed out the game. Jason McGinnis went five innings for the Tigers and gave up three runs and two walks. Smith had another good game for the Tigers, going 2-of-4 from the plate. Tanner Baldwin did the damage in the RBI department with two. Cameron Allen also contributed two hits.
This was an important series for GC as they leveled their record at 3-3 with another road series at Faulkner coming up this weekend.
Men’s b-ball hits 18 from deep
They led by 16 at the half and they outscored Shawnee State by 22 points in the second half to cement another lopsided victory, 106-68. The Tigers hit 18 three-point buckets in the game, nine in each half, and dominated all the way.
The whole team contributed to the win, but Vincent Crutcher had an exceptional game, hitting seven threes in the second half and scoring 23 points. Eddie Gray, Dillon Boggs, Rodney Haddix and Matt Walls all hit at least two threes in the game.
This was a big win for the Tigers as it put their record at 23-3 and 12-2 in the conference and gave them a little taste of revenge against Shawnee who beat them earlier in the season, 78-71.
GC returns to the court tonight against University of the Cumberlands at 8 p.m. They have two home games remaining against Rio Grande and West Virginia Tech on Feb. 24 and Feb. 26.
Women’s b-ball gets hot at home
The GC women’s basketball team won again, their second win in a row, and have made a late push. This past Saturday they beat Shawnee State at home thanks to some hot shooting from the field: GC shot 57 percent in the first half and hit half of their threepoint attempts.
Kourtney Tyra and Lindsay Fultz both had 16 points and Gina Beining added 14 points. Devon Golden had a fantastic all-around game with 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists.
Their next game is on the road against University of the Cumberlands today at 6 p.m. The Tigers have two home games remaining on Feb. 24 and 26 against University of Rio Grande and West Virginia Institute of Technology.
Come out and support all of the GC athletic teams.
Need a Spring Break body?By ANDY RUSSELL
As every college student in the nation knows, Spring Break is right around the corner and Georgetown College is stepping up its excersise programs. They now offer four different and exciting programs to get involved in that are spaced throughout the week so you can work them into your schedule. If you are looking to get in shape, tone up or simply have some fun these excersise programs could be right for you.
1. Zumba, Mondays at 4 p.m. and Wednesdays at 5 p.m.
Zumba is a dynamic, exciting fitness routine featuring aerobic interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms and easy to follow dance steps that tone and sculpt the body.
2. Boot Camp, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.
Build endurance and make yourself sweat. This class will keep your heart rate going for 60 minutes straight. Working on your aerobic endurance and burning calories to the max.
3. Cardio Sculpt, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
Kick, punch and jab your way to fitness. This cardiovascular training class is a great way to tone up! Resistance equipment will be used.
4. Salsa, Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Come learn the basics of Latin dance, featuring Salsa and Meringue. We’ll cover the basic steps, turns and styles, dancing with partners and by the end of the semester you’ll be ready to have fun at any Latin dance party!
Again, all of these classes are sponsored by the Student Wellness Center and take place in the Rec. All of these classes are free for GC students, faculty and staff. If you have questions regarding any of these classes you can contact James Koeppe on the 3rd floor of the Student Center or at 502-863-7977.