by Ashley Clifton, sports information student assistant
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – In an effort to promote and support Campus Club Milledgeville's healthy living initiative on Sept. 7, the Georgia College Women's Basketball team utilized their skills off the court by passing along their jump shot knowledge and the importance of being healthy and active.
Campus Club Milledgeville, whose mission is to deliver art-based education programming to in-school youth aged seven to 18 in Middle Georgia, encouraged the combination of art and healthy living through the Art Healthy Festival.
"The women's basketball team helped out thoroughly," said Toyia Barnes, Campus Club Milledgeville assistant director. "They helped the kids with their jump shot, they exercised with everyone and really became a part of the community – it was a great opportunity for them to show who they are and what the Georgia College team means to everyone."
Seeing how there is such a high rate of childhood obesity in Middle Georgia, Barnes wanted Campus Club Milledgeville to help others learn what to do in order to live a healthy lifestyle.
The Art Healthy Festival was located on the front lawn of the Georgia College campus and featured live performances and entertainment, martial arts, Zumba, Kukuwa, dance, cheerleading, healthy food tasting and giveaways, exhibitors, medical testing, outdoor educational opportunities, workshops and seminars, medical testing and games for the kids.
"The kids loved the women's basketball team and they knew they were playing with people who play college ball," said Barnes. "The team taught them that it was possible to be active and have fun at the same time; they really gave back to the community and the kids."
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