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Nonprofit unites two rival college football teams, Georgia Tech and UGA, for worthy cause
November 28, 2009, football teams GA Tech and University of Georgia will play in the 116th rivalry game nicknamed, ‘clean, old-fashioned hate.’ The game will feature one love of the two teams; H.E.R.O. for Children, a nonprofit organization.
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Atlanta, GA, October 21, 2009 – On Saturday, November 28, 2009, college football teams, Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech) and University of Georgia (UGA) will play in the 116th rivalry game nicknamed, ‘clean, old-fashioned hate’ at Bobby Dodd stadium on the campus of GA Tech. However, this year the game will feature one love between the two teams; H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc., a nonprofit committed to improving the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Both schools have student-led philanthropy organizations that support H.E.R.O., GT HEROs and UGA HEROs. Over the past five years the students have raised over one million dollars for the organization, while hosting annual events on their respective campuses for the children that feature fun and games.
During the game each team - including coaches, staff, cheerleaders and others - will wear specialized wrist bands in their team colors to raise awareness for the effects of this life altering epidemic in the lives of children throughout Georgia. The bands will highlight the fact that at the end of 2007 there were a reported 2 million children living with HIV around the world. In the United States, Georgia ranks sixth highest in reported pediatric and adolescent HIV/AIDS cases (see www.cdc.gov)
“The game is going to set a precedent by bringing the two schools together for the first time in history to lend their support to help raise awareness for children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS in Georgia by wearing gold or red wrist bands during the game! GT HEROs is thrilled to share in this unified vision” explains GT HEROs Executive Director, Brent Clark. H.E.R.O. allows the two schools to continue to compete but at a level that has rewards far beyond bragging rights, including a direct impact in the lives of kids they serve through their philanthropic efforts. Both team coaches have taken leadership roles by working with students on their campuses to build stronger networks.
UGA head football coach, Mark Richt is an original H.E.R.O. board member, and currently serves as an honorary board member for the organization. GA Tech head football coach, Paul Johnson came on board to work with the students this year. “Both Coaches Richt and Johnson are community-service-
About H.E.R.O. for Children
Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out for Children, Inc.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections with the community. H.E.R.O. was founded in 2003 by two young men who had separate but similar experiences working with children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Though basic needs (food, housing, and medical attention) were being addressed, no specific ‘quality of life’ (QOL) care services were provided. Research in Georgia uncovered that only 12 of 500 HIV/AIDS service organizations offered support to children, and none addressed QOL needs. As a result, H.E.R.O. for Children was created. H.E.R.O defines quality of life as the degree to which an individual enjoys physical, social, and emotional well-being, and sees him/herself as being able to experience future success and fulfillment. Under this umbrella, we offer life skills development, emotional support through mentoring relationships, and expanded life exposure through a wide variety of opportunities and experiences. For more information please visit: www.heroforchildren.org, www.gtheros.org and www.ugaheros.org.
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About H. E.R.O. for Children, Inc.: Hearts Everywhere Reaching Out for Children, Inc.’s mission is to improve the quality of life for children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS through enriching programs, unforgettable experiences, and connections with the community.