January 22, 2013

Bobcats to host “Play for Abe” Day Jan. 26

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MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College women’s and men’s basketball teams will host its “Play for Abe” game Saturday, Jan. 26 at the Centennial Center when the Bobcats take on Young Harris College.

Abram Gainous, the son of Mark and Tasha Gainous, was diagnosed with leukemia in May of 2012 at the age of 2. Abe is now in remission but still makes visits to Egleston Hospital in Atlanta for treatments. Even through all the treatments, Abe is an energetic little boy that naturally loves playing with a basketball.

Abe’s dad, Mark, is the assistant coach for the Georgia College men’s basketball team and Tasha is the women’s head basketball coach at a local high school, John Milledge Academy.

Georgia College and the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at John Milledge have partnered together for this event. Half of all money from tickets sold through JMA will go directly to the Gainous family.

The doubleheader against YHC will begin at 1:30 p.m.  Tickets are $6 and can be bought in advance at John Milledge Academy on Log Cabin Road or at the game. Children under the age of 12 are $3. GC students are free with their Bobcat ID and JMA students will also be free. 

The Saturday action will also feature another Zaxby’s Kids Zone, complete with a bounce house, coloring, games and much more.

Come and support Abe Gainous Saturday, wearing the official leukemia color, orange. T-shirts, magnets and bracelets will be for sale at the entrance, with all proceeds going to the Gainous family fund.

The Georgia College Department of Athletics, two-time winners of the PBC Commissioner's Cup, sponsors 11 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, Bobcat Athletics prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the teams' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement. Sign up atwww.twitter.com/BobcatSports and www.facebook.com/gcbobcats for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit www.GCBobcats.com for more information, and to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GC Athletics Hall of Fame.