Sarah Dye, a fifth grader and Myleah Mitchell, a fourth grader from Sumter County Elementary School were the girls selected as winners of the inaugural Hurricane Reading Club coloring contest. Members of both the GSW men's and women's basketball teams presented the girls with their awards today.
Dye and Mitchell each received a $25 gift card for the GSW bookstore, a GSW athletics t-shirt, a first place certificate and the opportunity to spend pregame with the women's team, where they'll receive an autographed team photo, and will be on the court during introductions. In addition, each winner's classroom received a $50 gift card to Wal-Mart for school supplies.
One boy will also be presented with an award at a ceremony to take place next week.
Children from seven counties in Southwest Georgia are participating in the new Hurricanes Reading Club that was kicked-off with the coloring contest.
The reading phase of the program ran through the fall semester. Administrators and/or teachers at participating schools set individual reading requirements and a program timetable. Students who met their reading goal will receive two tickets to the January 17th men's and women's basketball games against UNC Pembroke, a coupon for a free bag of popcorn, recognition at halftime of the men's game and the opportunity to meet all GSW basketball players after the men's contest.
Several thousand children in grades K-5 are expected to be participating in this initiative.
PICTURED Front (left to right): Coloring contest winners Sarah Dye and Myleah Mitchell, Back: with Lady Hurricanes Women's Basketball Head Coach Kelly Britsky, players Brandi Burris and Arile Hadley, men's basketball player Matt Mendell, women's players Brittany Smith and Nadirah Gardner and GSW Athletic Director Jaclyn Kaylor.