by Mark Jagord, sports information assistant
ATLANTA – Junior guard Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) will be honored as a nominee at the 30th Annual Peach of an Athlete (POA) Role Model Banquet on March 25, at the Cobb Energy Centre, according to the Atlanta Area Council's Senior Development Director William H. Bryant, Jr.
The POA Role Model Banquet is sponsored by the Atlanta Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America to recognize athletes who are positive role models; and who excel in academics, athletics and service to the community. Annually, it is held to honor athletes that hold the same values as Scouting and to benefit the programs of the Atlanta Area Council and Boy Scouts of America. Keys was selected as one of two non-division I finalists for the Top Female Honoree for the POA and it marks the second time this week Keys has been a nominee for a prestigious leadership award. Shayla Bivins from Georgia Tech University received the Top Female Honoree.
Last season Keys became the first player in Bobcat women's basketball history to be selected as a Capitol One Academic All-American. In the Peach Belt Conference (PBC), Keys has been selected to the All-Academic Team and All-PBC Team, as well as garnishing Gold Scholar and Freshman of the Year honors from the conference.
She is also the current president of the GC Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and is the National SAAC Representative for the PBC. She has been active in community involvement with the Boys and Girls Club and Café Central of Milledgeville. Keys has been named to the GC President's list the last four semesters with an overall 4.0 GPA as a mass communication major.
The purpose of POA is to recognize amateur and professional athletes who live their lives with the same values as Scouting. The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training. The Values of Scouting have never been as important as they are today. The Atlanta Area Council offers young people responsible fun and adventure; instills in them lifetime values; develops in them ethical character; trains young people in citizenship, service and leadership; and serves America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.