January 20, 2009

Bobcats Honor Community Hero

by Katie Parker, sports information graduate assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - The Georgia College & State University women's basketball team (8-5, 4-3 PBC) recognized Linda Brown as its first "Community Hero" last night (Jan. 19) at the 78-53 win over No. 17 Clayton State University (11-3, 5-2 PBC).

In an effort to recognize those who are involved in outstanding community service in the greater Milledgeville area, periodically this season, the Bobcats will honor a local hero during a game.

Brown, a Hartford, Conn. native, was hired as a high school math teacher at GMC Prep School in 2006. In her short tenure there she has made a significant impact both in the academic and athletic arenas.

After seeing a need, Brown developed the first Advance Placement (AP) courses at GMC. She designed and acquired accreditation for the AP Calculus and AP Statistics courses by using her experiences over 20 plus years working in the field of mathematics within the areas of business, government and education. Her outstanding AP program was recognized as a model program for other schools within the state to use in developing their own programs.

In addition to her work inside the classroom, she also coaches tennis, soccer and girls basketball. At the beginning of the 2008 soccer season she identified a need for a more inclusive program. Given GMC was not in a co-ed league, Brown began hearing concern from the girls at GMC that the current programs allowed for limited girls play. As a result, she decided to take the initiative to begin a soccer program which would allow more girls the opportunity to play than in the existing co-ed program.

In less than three weeks, Brown built the first girls soccer program at GMC Prep. Using unique budgeting skills, she was able to find a league to play in, schedule eight games and officials and ultimately conducted play at the regional level.

Last night's honoree was invited to attend the game, meet the players and coaches, and was recognized in a special ceremony. The next "Community Hero" will be honored Saturday, Jan. 24 at 2 p.m. as the Bobcats take on No. 18 USC Aiken.

To submit "Community Hero" nominees, contact the women's basketball assistant coach Maurice Smith at maurice.smith@gcsu.edu or by phone at (478) 445-4010.

Visit www2.GCSU.edu/Bobcats to nominate your favorite former Bobcats and Colonials to the GCSU Athletics Hall of Fame. The GCSU Department of Athletics sponsors 10 varsity athletic programs at the NCAA Division II level. As a Division II program, GCSU prides itself on balancing the life of the student-athlete, evidenced by the Bobcats' multiple appearances in post-season competition as well as documented academic success and community-service involvement.