Keys Featured in Champion Magazine

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By Alex Cooper, sports information student assistant

MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – Georgia College women's basketball rising senior Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.) was recently invited to speak with NCAA President Mark Emmert on behalf of the Division II SAAC.

Along with one member of Division I and III, Keys sat down with Emmert and shared her perspective about the delicate balance between scholarly and athletic pursuits. The group discussed topics from campus support and congressional intervention to limiting time as an athlete and the degree-completion fund.

"Shanteona Keys represents everything that is good about intercollegiate athletics and about the next generation of leadership in society.  She personifies the academic, social, and athletic excellence we strive for at Georgia College," said Georgia College President Dr. Steve Dorman. "There are over 400,000 NCAA student-athletes and we are thrilled that she was one of three chosen to speak with NCAA President Emmert about the student-athlete experience."

Keys has been a three-year starter for the Bobcats, averaging 16.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. She was named PBC Freshman of the Year in 2011-12, as well as being named to a PBC All-Conference team each year. Keys has been on the PBC All-Academic Team twice and a Capital One Academic All-American twice. She was a PBC Gold Scholar in each of her first three years. Keys is also a member of the 1,000-point club at Georgia College, scoring 1,291 points in her first three seasons.

"Shanteona is a "once in a career" student-athlete who embodies excellence on and off the court while possessing great humility," says the Georgia College director of athletics Wendell Staton. "She is one of the most positive people I have ever encountered.  I often joke that she has a "license to print money," because so many employers are going to desire for her to join their organization.  She is truly special and is a tremendous ambassador for Georgia College and student-athletes everywhere!"

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 at @GCBobcats on Twitter and Facebook for up-to-the-minute reports, and visit GCBobcats.PhotoReflect.com to purchase photo prints from home athletic contests.