Hawks school of the week: B.E.S.T. Academy

If you were not at B.E.S.T Academy on March 7, you missed an amazing pep rally sponsored by the Hawks to show their support of high school athletics and academics. The principal, Dr. Timothy Jones, would best describe B.E.S.T Academy High School as a group of young men who strive to meet demands that are inevitable in an ever-changing global society.

On May 7, B.E.S.T Academy was chosen as the Atlanta Hawks School of the week and was also honored by the Georgia National Guard. Former Hawks player Duane Ferrell, Hawks cheerleaders and mascot Harry the Hawk all traveled to B.E.S.T Academy for an awesome event. Instead of a traditional pep rally, B.E.S.T Academy made it more interesting. The pep rally was an actual game, as the boys team played  the principal, coaches and teachers. Half of the Hawks cheerleaders cheered for the boys while the other half cheered for the staff.

Everyone that participated in the game could agree that it was a lot of fun. “I wish I would have brought clothes to play,” said Ferrell. Duane could also personally connect with these young group of men because he also attended an all-boys school at Calvert Hall College High School in Baltimore. This event was very special to Duane, who encouraged the young group of men to keep chasing their dreams and that anything is possible.

The next event was a dance off to compete with Harry the Hawk. The principal chose several students during the halftime show. The students jammed to winning a Hawks t-shirt and an autographed poster signed by the cheerleaders. To conclude the fun, everyone got a raffle ticket when you first came in and the lucky winner won four tickets to the next Atlanta Hawks game. Several guests took pictures with the cheerleaders to remember this unforgettable day.

The National Guard was there and Sgt. Johnson spoke to the students and presented Dr. Jones with a basketball signed by Ferrell and current Hawks player Lou Williams. This was an lifetime event to recognize schools that have done good work on and off the courts.

For more information on the Hawks’ work in the community, go to Hawks.com and the community section for a calendar of events, requesting appearances and learning more about the NBA Cares program. For more information on what the Georgia National Guard or how to become apart of the elite group, go to nationalguard.com

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