Hawks School of the Week: South Gwinnett

The Hawks have always taken great pride in doing good work in the community. It was no different on February 7th as they went back to school to show their support of high school athletics and academics. Last week, the Hawks cheerleaders and mascot traveled to South Gwinnett High School to present the School of the Week honor with their partner, the National Guard. South Gwinnett recognized all of the winter sport senior athletes during their pep rally during which the Hawks Cheerleaders and South Gwinnett Cheerleaders lined up together to welcome the athletes. The next event was a tug-of-war contest between the faculty members. Later, the high school’s step team and cheerleaders performed to get the crowd going and there was even a mascot dance-off between the Harry the Hawk and South Gwinnett’s Comet. The National Guard was there and the South Gwinnett recruiter, Sgt. Campbell, presented South Gwinnett’s principal, Eric Thigpen, with a Lou Williams autographed basketball to commemorate their honor of being the High School of the Week. Current Hawk and South Gwinnett alum Lou Williams stopped by and congratulated the principal on being selected as the School of the Week. At the very end of the pep rally, Hawks cheerleaders took center court to announce one lucky winner who will soon be attending an Atlanta Hawks game at Phillips Arena. The Atlanta Hawks School of the Week program is presented by the National Guard. The award recognizes schools in the area that have done good work on the courts and in the classroom. This is not the first time the Hawks have been to the South Gwinnett campus, though. In 2012, the Hawks held an open practice at the school’s gym. The practice session was all part of the NBA Cares program, which is an outreach initiative that addresses issues such as education, health and wellness. 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 National Guard does or how to become part of this elite group, go to nationalguard.com



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