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March 2017 OUT Cliff Cole Superintendent of Paulding County Schools Speaking Dr. Robert Downs Principal of Pope High School Positive Athlete goes Sports is a huge part of the back to leadership and high school culture and developing character being able to recognize and the influence these the positive aspects Steve Craft students have on of athletics is a not Fulton County Schools Director of Athletics others around them. brainer. It s one of The Positive Athlete program gives us an It really gives you the best things opportunity to celebrate the positive activities our hope of positive we can do kids are doing. They do amazing things and people things to come around here. don t even know. in the future. Read more about each of these people inside this issue Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 1 SPOTLIGHT P L AY VIDEO IDE Meet some of the Positive Athlete winners or nominees we highlight each week. Do you know a Positive Athlete Nominate them. Georgia JOIN US ON OUR MISSION... To make every child s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children. 114 Baker Street NE Atlanta GA 30308 404.659.0214 www.georgiapta.org O V TABLE OF CONTENTS Spotlight (video) 2 Cliff Cole The Future Looks Bright 6 7 8 9 10 12 13 Elizabeth Williams Citizen and Athlete Mackenzie Engram Set Back Becomes Blessing Carly Settles Adversity Helps Growth Dr. Robert Downs It s a No Brainer WORK HARD. PLAY POSITIVE. OPTIMISTIC ENCOURAGING SERVANT LEADER HEART FOR OTHERS ADMITS IMPERFECTIONS ALWAYS GIVES 100% PUTS TEAM FIRST Dr. Steve Miletto Allie Harbert Nominees Region Ready for Recognition Positive Athlete Magazine Volume 4 Issue 6 Chip Emerson Scott Pederson Editor Publisher Dedicated to Community Service Latest nominees bios 14-15 16 18 20 22 24 Steve Craft Britteny Reed P.J. Stone Positive Headlines FourWindsAgency.us Chip Emerson FourWindsAgency.us CelebratePositive.com The Positive Athlete Magazine is published monthly by Celebrate Positive LLC. Copyright 2016 Celebrate Positive. All rights reserved. Reproductions in whole or part without express written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. This magazine is available by digital download. Article ideas are welcome. Email inquiries to rpederson celebratepositive.com Multi-Media Editor Production and Design Leader On and Off the Field Receiver Takes A Unique Route Morgan Reynolds Driven to Overcome College List 66 Colleges with Athletic Programs in Georgia Celebrate Positive 9055 Forest Path Dr. Su 200 Gainesville GA 30506 POSITIVE ATHLETE GOES STATE-WIDE GEORGIA to a state-wide program was bolstered by new relationships with the Georgia Vision Project the Georgia PTA and the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) all of whom are promoting the program and helping open doors with high schools throughout the state. The 15 Positive Athlete Georgia Regions are designated by county. To find the region your high school is involved in simply check out the District Map on the next page. A fter two years of unprecedented growth in the Atlanta Metro area Positive Athlete Georgia with the help of some very powerful partners will be promoted to every high school in the state of Georgia. Any athlete nominated as a Positive Athlete will be eligible to win the Most Positive Athlete in their sport for the state of Georgia but now 15 Regions have been created so that student-athletes have the opportunity to win Positive High School Athlete awards closer to home. The jump PArtners Georgia Vision Project A collaboration between the Georgia School Superintendents Association and the Georgia School Boards Association formed to promote opportunities like Positive Athlete Georgia that speak positively about public education. The Project has grown to include over 35 partner organizations agencies and groups. Georgia PTA - The oldest and largest child advocacy association in the state with over 300 000 members with a goal of quality education and a nurturing environment for every child. Georgia PTA s values of collaboration commitment accountability respect inclusivity and integrity all match what the Positive Athlete movement is all about. Georgia High School Association Composed of over 450 public and private high schools in the state of Georgia the GHSA coordinates high school athletic competitions including regional and state championships. Like Positive Athlete Georgia the GHSA strives to promote good sportsmanship and a cooperative spirit among its member schools. Going state-wide has always been our goal of the Positive Athlete Georgia movement said Scott Pederson President & CEO of Celebrate Positive. This opens the door to large and small companies interested in supporting the movement in their communities with localized college scholarships . To sponsor a college scholarship in one or more of the 15 regions contact Positive Athlete Georgia at feedback celebratepositive.com. u Positive Athlete GeorGiA 4 Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email 1 - Cobb Kennesaw Cobb 2 - North Fulton Roswell North Fulton 3 - Gwinnett Duluth Gwinnett 4 - Atlanta Atlanta Central Fulton Dekalb 5 - NE Atlanta Cumming Forsyth Dawson Hall 6 - NW Atlanta Kennesaw Cherokee Bartlow Paulding Douglas 7 - S Atlanta Fayetteveille South Fulton Fayette Clayton Henry Spalding Butts Rockdale Newton 8 - NW Georgia Cleveland Pickens Glimer Murray Gordon Whifield Catoosa Walker Dade Chatooga Floyd Polk Haralson 9 - NE Georgia Dalton Fannin Lumpkin Union Towns Rabun White Habersham Banks Stephens Frankin Hart 10 - E. Atlanta Athens Jackson Madison Elbert Barrow Clarke Oconee Oglethorpe Walton Morgan Greene 11 - E. Georgia Augusta Wilkes Lncoln Taliaferro Warren McDuffie Columbia Richmond Glascock Jefferson Burke Jenkins Emanuel 12 - Middle Georgia Macon Jasper Punam Hancock Monroe Jones Baldwin Washington Crawford Bibb Twiggs Wilkinson Johnson Peach 13 - SE Georgia Savannah Screven Bulloch Effingham Candler Toombs Tattnall Evans Bryan Chatham Liberty Long McIntosh Jeff Davis 14 - SW Georgia Albany Echols Lanier Lowndes Berien Irwin Ben Hill Turner Tift Cook Brooks Thomas Colquitt Worth 15 - West GA Columbus Talbot Muscogee Taylor Chattahoochee Marion Schley Macon Dooly Crisp Webster Stewart Sumter Carroll Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 5 FUTURE LOOKS As superintendent of Paulding County Schools Cliff Cole knows that a positive attitude and strong character attributes can go a long way towards success. And that s the reason he has become such a passionate supporter of the Positive Athlete program in just the last year. Cole became acquainted with Positive Athlete after a number of Paulding County students were nominated for the program. The inspiring stories that he heard during the 2015-16 Northwest Atlanta Positive High School Athlete Awards ceremony last spring which recognized athletes and coaches from Paulding Bartow Cherokee and Douglas counties as well as the city of Cartersville made a big impression on him. 6 THE BRIGHT Afterward he relayed what he had experienced to both the Board of Education and all 33 county principals. He described it as an awesome and heartwarming event where he felt the pride of seeing deserving students recognized. It was one of those nights you walk away and you get to feel good about the world he said. The unique thing about the Positive Athlete program is that it s not rewarding your biggest or best athletes the ones with the lowest earned run average or the highest batting average Cole said. It s rewarding students who are making an impact on the community or on their team who really have gone above and beyond being a teammate. Last year s Paulding County Positive Athlete nominees represented many examples of outstanding students from those who go out of their way to help fellow students to those who give their time to support a school program according to Cole. One student focused on hunger issues helping students who don t always have regular meals. Another was recognized for working closely with a special needs classroom working to make a difference in the lives of those students. The recognition that the teens receive from being part of the Positive Athlete program can have a ripple effect noted Cole. When students see (for example) a fellow team member or a peer within the school who is setting up a foundation to support other students who are in need in some way it also encourages others to become involved. It shows how one person can make a difference and that carries on to their teammates and classmates in the school said Cole. The professional sports leaders of Positive Athlete is another way the program has an affirmative impact on the high school participants agreed Cole. Not only do so many professional athletes carry celebrity status but more importantly noted Cole someone like Hines Ward who has done so many positive things outside of football is just another inspiration for students and encouragement for them to make a difference. Athletics is a good place to emphasize the value of character Cole believes because sports and extracurricular activities can be a big part of school spirit and culture. As an athlete you re representing not only yourself but a team and your school he said adding that sports also provide an environment where students learn to work collaboratively for a common goal. It s a good place to practice skills they ll need as they graduate high school and move on to other things in their lives said Cole. Last year Paulding County s high school student nominations numbered 88 but Cole expects that number to increase significantly going forward. This is going to be a good year for nominations said Cole. As our coaches and athletic directors in the county realize the significance and impact that the program has on students the numbers will continue to rise he said adding that there will almost certainly be competition among the schools for nominations. Said Cole I ve been very impressed with the Positive Athlete program and what it stands for. Positive Athlete goes back to leadership and developing character and the influence these students have on others around them. It really gives you hope of positive things to come in the future. u by Fran Putney Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email CITIZEN AND ATHLETE Imagine you are a professional athlete today who wants to improve lives. Immediately you have the resources at your disposal to make a difference in the community. To top it off the league you play in already has programs in place to provide community service across the country. Now imagine that you want to do more. That s what Atlanta Dream center Elizabeth Williams wants to do. She is committed to improving the life her community and for the people in it. Williams activity on the basketball court is great on it s own but it s her activity off the court that has made an even greater impact since she arrived in Atlanta. Williams has passion for supporting education among the youth and the city as a whole. It s important to know that our lives are bigger than basketball. It s important to make an impact in whatever community you re in and that is what I want to do Williams said. Whether it s talking to kids about education or being involved in the city that s just how I feel . In June 2016 alone Williams attended summer reading tip-off parties at AtlantaFulton Library and Conyers Public Library. There she read books and stressed the importance of education to the youth in attendance. For her hard work the Women s National Basketball Association awarded Williams the WNBA Cares Community Assist Award for the month of June. Williams views her work in the community as an obligation to give back to the communities that have given so much to her and believes that everyone should do the same when able. We wouldn t be where we are without the adults that supported us. The ones that came back and put that extra time in. So for us it s giving back to those that have already given to us said Williams. To top things off Williams isn t doing this for the notoriety or the awards that may follow. She simply does it because she enjoys it. One thing in particular Williams appreciates is when a child is listening and absorbing the message. There are always certain kids you can tell that are listening to you. When they re asking questions or engaged it makes me so happy because you know that they get it. Moving forward you know that they re going to make an impact wherever they go Williams continued. Even as the WNBA season winds down to the stretch run Williams continues to plan her next community endeavor. She has cited organizations such as Positive Athlete as orga- nizations that she wants to work with in the future. Being involved in that is something I want to do because I m passionate about both of those things said Williams. With her passion driving her on and off the court Williams intends to take the Dream and the Atlanta community to new heights. u by troy Jenkins Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 7 SET BACK BECOMES BLESSING In January of 2016 half way through her sophomore season Mackenzie Engram experienced a severe pain in her chest. She was suffering from what is known as Pericarditis or swelling and irritation of the membrane surrounding the heart that causes chest pain. The pain was so great she was forced to stay off the court for nearly six months. I went to the doctor and they took a chest x-ray echo s and found it. Unfortunately there was nothing they could do said Engram. They tried putting me on medication just to relieve the pain but there was really nothing they could do about it. Engram began her collegiate career with an impressive campaign on the Lady Bulldogs basketball team as she was named to the 2015 SEC All-Freshman team with seven regular season starts. She saw continued success in her sophomore season with a double-double in the first game of the year against Stetson. However despite her success on the court Engram admits that she went through the dreaded sophomore slump midway through the year. I hit a wall my sophomore year during nonconference play I wasn t doing very well. I had a bad attitude said Engram. I needed to take a step back and revaluate everything I had done to get me to this point in my career. Apprehensive of what her role on the team would look like Engram turned to her family as well as her teammate and roommate at the time Merritt Hempe for guidance through the adversity. Merritt Hempe was there for 8 me in the ups and downs through the long nights and early mornings I could count on her to cheer me up and keep me motivated. While Pericarditis forced Engram to take a break from the sport physically she found a way to utilize her natural athletic ability and love for the game through a coaching role. True to her character Engram made it her mission to spend this time off the court building leadership skills and becoming the ultimate team player. Sitting out was really hard at first and I was just kind of like why me said Engram. I was angry but then I just decided to be positive about it not to be selfish and to just take what comes with it. I tried to take on a more coaching standpoint because I knew I would be a leader this year so I tried to be more vocal get more familiar with our plays so that I wouldn t be the leader telling people what to do if I didn t even know what to do. Although her illness came with many challenges Engram regards the set back as a blessing in disguise that taught her to appreciate the opportunities afforded to her. Being able to sit out I was able to view the game differently see some stuff that I used to do that didn t look good. Specifically attitudes I was able to see how a bad attitude looked said Engram. So I think it was kind of just telling me to sit down and don t take for granted what God has blessed me with and see it in a different way. I was able to take a step back. I feel that I am a much more positive energetic player and teammate. In the face of adversity Engram emerged as a leader on the team. Eager to begin her third season with the Lady Bulldogs she has recovered from her scare a season ago and is positioned herself well through hard work and training for another stellar season to come. I am so ready for this year. I ve just been trying to stay positive keep my faith in God and just know that he s got me. The University of Georgia Lady Bulldogs open their season with a non-conference game against South Carolina State on Nov. 11 2016. u Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email Carly Settles started playing soccer when she was four years old and has played nearly every day since. Growing up on Lake Oconee a little over an hour outside of Athens Carly s commitment to the sport was put to test on many accounts. There were late nights driving home from practices long weekends out of town for tournaments and countless days where soccer had to come first. Soccer was her passion and she would do anything to accomplish her longtime goal of playing soccer for the University of Georgia. As a kid Carly attended Georgia soccer games every chance she had. Those players were her role models and while she stood in line for their autographs after each game she dreamed of being on the opposite side of the table one day herself. Eventually her dreams would become a reality. After a successful freshman season Carly was looking forward to starting her sophomore season fully adjusted to her new coaches and teammates. Her team had big plans for the season and she had goals for her individual game as well. One afternoon at practice while Carly was working on her defensive skills she made contact with a teammate and fell to the ground. Later she would find out she suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) an injury that every soccer player fears. I automatically knew something was wrong and I think everyone around me did as well. Just seeing everyone s reactions kind of freaked me out. I think what upset me the most was realizing that my season might be over. When she suffered her injury Carly didn t think about the pain she thought about her team. The fact that she wouldn t be able to Adversi ty Helps Growth compete for the rest of the season and help them was what mattered to her. She knew that complaining would make the situation worse and that recovery needed to be her main focus no matter what challenges that entailed. I think sitting and watching everyone practice and play in our games was the most challenging part of it all. It was hard to accept the fact that while everyone else was getting better I wasn t. When you have to do that you can t contribute to the team like you would typically be able to if you were playing. ACL injuries are incredibly common in female soccer players. Carly s brother and her best friend from high school both suffered the injury so she knew a little bit about what to expect. She knew there would be obstacles to overcome and that positivity was important. I d have to say Marian Crowder my roommate and teammate is the person that kept me going. She tore her ACL about a year before I did and I was just really able to relate to her and she was able to relate to me. Just seeing how much stronger she was after her injury gave me hope that I would come back just as strong maybe stronger than before. After months of rehab and long hours with her doctors and therapists Carly was finally cleared to play. She was excited to see how her knee would hold up and surprised to find herself playing without fear. I think that before I even started playing again I thought I was going to be nervous and afraid that my first tackle would end up in injury again. Once I started playing I actually didn t even think about my injury at all. The period of time Carly spent recovering from her injury proved to be some of the most important months of her soccer career. She made sure to stay committed to her team and didn t use her injury as an excuse for some time off. She paid attention attended practices and made sure she was ready to go when it was time. I think I m actually better than I was before. I think having that time off of the field gave me a lot of time to really pay attention to the details of the game. While I was sitting on the bench and watching one of my teammates play my position I was able to watch and learn the things that I wasn t seeing when I was on the field. I really got an outside perspective which has helped me grow as a player. Nobody wants to suffer an injury that puts his or her dreams on hold. Fortunately facing adversity can help athletes grow as people and competitors If I had to give one piece of advice I d remind someone that despite your injury your career isn t over. Although it may seem like it is going to take forever to come back it is worth it to rehab hard. Staying positive through it all definitely allowed me get through it and get back on the field. Carly might have had to put her soccer career on hold for a bit but her commitment and positive attitude allowed her to come back even stronger. She has played in 14 games this season making two starts including 341 minutes of playing time and one shot on goal. Her rehab and her time on the bench proved to play a role in her recovery and her improvement on the field. u by natalie kanter Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 9 It s a No Brainer You might say that Pope High School Principal Dr. Robert Downs was an early adopter of the Positive Athlete program. In fact Pope a Cobb County school with more than 2000 students was the very first school to sign on to the program. As it happened Positive Athlete cofounder Scott Pederson had a strong connection to Pope namely that his children were Pope High School students -- when he and football Hall of Famer Hines Ward were developing the character-based program to recognize student athletes and coaches. Downs says he took to the Positive Athlete program concept from the start and knew that anything the Pederson family was involved in was trustworthy. More he knew it would be a perfect fit for Pope High School a community about which he has tremendous passion. This is the most giving group and community I ve ever been involved with says Downs and the Positive Attitude concept the idea of celebrating athletics but also a positive attitude having a giving nature and sacrifice -- it ties nicely in with the Pope culture. Pope Athletic Director Josh Mathews was also immediately on board and began promoting the Positive Athlete program not only within his own school but throughout the Cobb County school district. It s no wonder 10 that when other schools in a large district like Cobb County began to adopt the program schools in other areas began to embrace it and Positive Athlete started to take off state-wide. Downs remembers well the story of one of the first Pope student winners. It was a young man a wrestler in his senior year who was well on his way to perhaps winning the state championship when he broke his hand. You ve got to imagine how deflated he was recalls Downs. Yet he was right on the sidelines right next to his buddies cheering them on to a state championship. It was a great way to start the Positive Athlete culture here. Another reason why the Positive Athlete program resonates with Principal Downs is that for the most part the nominations originate with the school coaches. The coach is the most important person in this kid s athletic life says Downs adding In many cases the coach can be more important or influential than parents in high school so being recognized and receiving respect by the coach for things above their athletic abilities is huge for them. Two Positive Athlete state winners and numerous Cobb County winners have come from Pope. At the school level individual sport winners are honored in the spring. But Downs says that because the recognition of being nominated alone inspires so much positive impact for students Coach Mathews plans on expanding the school-wide celebration held in April after spring break each year to include not just the school sport winners but the nominees as well. With so much negativity in recent times The Positive Athlete values of Work hard. Play positive. and the character traits the program is grounded on... being optimistic encouraging servant leader heart for others admits imperfections always give 100% and puts team first are certainly what s needed in today s world says Downs. Being able to highlight the positive really warms the heart. It gives you faith in humanity to see what these kids overcome what they are willing to do for each other says Downs. No matter how bad it might look in the media it s easy to look at in the community and say we re gonna be okay. We have good people here. Anytime you re having a bad day just go visit some classrooms. That ll change your attitude How do the Pope High School nominees look this year Downs says confidently We ve got some leaders in this building who are phenomenal in all four grade levels. I think you re going to see a great bunch of kids coming out of Pope High School this year. While academics is always number one Pope High School will continue to honor its deserving students and coaches through the Positive Athlete program. Downs summed it up this way Sports is a huge part of the high school culture and being able to recognize the positive aspects of athletics is a no brainer. It s one of the best things we can do around here. u 2016-17 Marks My fifth year as PrinciPal at PoPe high school. Prior to being at PoPe i was the PrinciPal at lost Mountain Middle school and have been the assistant PrinciPal at wheeler high school sPrayberry high school and barber Middle school all in cobb county. i have been in the field of education for twenty six years serving in a variety of caPacities ranging froM classrooM teacher to technology grant adMinistrator. before entering adMinistration i was a technology integration sPecialist for cobb county and assisted teachers in the integration of technology into the classrooM. My first introduction to technology leadershiP caMe while i Managed a federal technology innovation challenge grant at sPrayberry high school froM 1997-2002. My cobb county teaching career began at sPrayberry high school where i taught history and coached soccer and volleyball. Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email Gaining Momentum Hines Ward and Positive Athlete continues to turn heads. Positive Athlete A Region Positively Ready for Recognition Far from the congested urban areas of the state filled with concrete and asphalt the vast landscape of south central Georgia features acres of crops and agriculture. There working families are likely to be involved in growing pine trees (the area s major industry). cotton or other crops such as watermelons or soybeans or raising animals like cattle pigs or goats according to Dr. Steve Miletto executive director of Heart of Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency (RESA) located in Eastman GA. While Miletto acknowledges that this rural region deals with some pretty severe poverty he knows there are so many kids who do wonderful things have a positive outlook on life and help other people. That s why he is eager for the Positive Athlete program to grow here so that more deserving teens can receive meaningful recognition. The Heart of Georgia RESA one of 16 RESAs in Georgia includes 10 school systems in the counties of Bleckley Dodge Dublin Laurens Montgomery Pulaski Telfair Treutlen Wheeler and Wilcox places you might pass through on your way to the Georgia coast. Most of these county districts have just one elementary one middle and one high 12 school and serve just over 1 000 students total. The largest system in Laurens County serves 7 000 and has two high schools. Miletto who has spent three decades serving public school communities in Georgia works with the districts superintendents. His RESA team helps pool the area s educational resources and provides a variety of consulting services that these schools would otherwise never have access to Miletto says he first heard about the Positive Athlete program through the excitement around a student in Bleckley County who was a state winner two years ago and was given the opportunity to attend the awards ceremony in Atlanta. I thought that was pretty cool recalls Miletto. Not long afterward Miletto was introduced to Positive Athlete Director of Partnerships and Programming Ryan Pederson who more formally explained how the program rewards student athletes and coaches for exemplifying good character and winning attitudes. The program is amazing says Miletto. The number one aspect is the positive outreach of the program and celebrating kids for positive reasons. He also knows that in his area it s important that there are no strings attached nothing that families will be asked to pay for. He also believes that having professional sports figures like Hines Wards who are true role models associated with the program makes it that much more exciting for the kids. So far over 100 students have been recognized through the Positive Athlete program from south central Georgia and two have been state winners but Miletto is certain that the potential is even greater for his districts. The ten school superintendents are also very excited about working with the program says Miletto. They really want to be able to nominate. They all have kids that will meet the criteria. Miletto recently invited Pederson to be a guest on his podcast series to talk in more detail about the origins and the focus of the Positive Athlete program. Click here to hear the interview. He looks forward to sharing the broadcast to help generate even more enthusiasm for nominations. Involvement in the program has a number of benefits believes Miletto. First the recognition itself is a huge positive ray of sunshine he says. So many kids in this area have gone through turmoils and had different experiences they should be recognized for. But Miletto expects Positive Athlete participation to have another benefit too. It s a boost in the arm not just for the kids but for communities as well. It says hey we re here There s more to Georgia than just Atlanta. For all of that Miletto says I appreciate the program happening. It s a good thing to do. u by Fran M. Putney Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email Community Service After experiencing a debilitating fall at a horse show in high school Allie Harbert s perseverance and dedication led her to a collegiate career on the University of Georgia equestrian team. Exemplary of her character Harbert used this setback to re-evaluate and prioritize her goals as well as drive her to success as a rider. Named to the Southeastern Conference and National Collegiate Equestrian Association Academic Honor Roll Harbert s success goes beyond the ring as she is a model student. Double majoring in biology and psychology with a cumulative GPA of 3.88 Harbert is the epitome of student first athlete second. A native of Orlando Florida Harbert is involved in organic chemistry research on campus and is a member of MEDLIFE otherwise known as Medicine Education and Development for Low Income Families Everywhere. In addition to her on-campus pursuits Harbert has immersed herself in community service in and around the Athens area. She volunteers with various community service projects and recently completed a half marathon the AthHalf Race for Education. The entire equestrian team is committed to service as well. This year the team joined an outreach program with Butterfly Dreams Farm an equine-assisted therapeutic riding facility in which Harbert has become personally invested. When asked about her career defining injury Harbert credits her recovery process with giving her the clarity and confidence she needed to continue as a rider and pursue the next level. Coming back from that [injury] really showed me how much I love the sport said Harbert. [It] was also a large factor in making me realize I wanted to ride in college. Clearly Harbert made the right decision as this is her third year on the team. Harbert Team Player dedicated to considers her freshman year her favorite however. Winning Nationals was huge said Harbert. We never wanted to win so badly and it was an awesome experience to be there. Winning isn t everything to Harbert though. [It s] getting to know everyone and being able to have riding as a team sport said Harbert. Its like having a family of 60 girls who are all really close. This family has helped make Harbert s overall experience as a student athlete more complete as collegiate equestrian is heavily dependent on teamwork. Collegiate equestrian is unique in the way it is organized and judged. Starting out riders are accustomed to being judged based on how they perform individually yet when they get to college it becomes a team effort. While this takes some adjusting to on the rider s part the benefit of this judging process is that they have a chance to form a bond with their fellow riders whom they would otherwise only see as competitors. It is definitely different from other sports but I think it works really well said Harbert. Everyone knows their place on the team and their different roles. In the end everyplace is equally vital for the team to be successful which creates a good atmosphere. With an impressive start to the 2015-2016 season Harbert and the rest of the Equestrian team have their sights set on bringing home another National Championship title this year. u by Molly king Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 13 CONGR ATU TO OUR GEORG AJ KAHRMANN Telfair CounTy HigH SCHool Telfair CounTy Junior fooTball TenniS BAYLEIGH LOTT river ridge HigH SCHool CHerokee CounTy Senior SofTball DEVIN JONES WeST forSyTH HigH SCHool forSyTH CounTy Senior laCroSSe KHASHAHMI SMITH WeST laurenS HigH SCHool laurenS CounTy Senior baSkeTball MATTHEW PACIFICO norTHieW HigH SCHool fulTon CounTy Senior baSeball SARAH COUCH Morgan CounTy HigH SCHool Morgan CounTy Senior SofTball baSkeTball 14 Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email GI A NOMINEES ULATIONS HANNAH FLOYD franklin CounTy HigH SCHool franklin CounTy SopHoMore CHeerleading IAN LEVIN norTH SpringS HigH SCHool fulTon CounTy Junior SoCCer JACKIE WILLIAMS CHapel Hill HigH SCHool douglaS CounTy Senior volleyball SWiMMing & diving MILES JAYNES Hillgrove HigH SCHool Cobb CounTy Senior baSkeTball MAX MILLER river ridge HigH SCHool CHerokee CounTy Senior TraCk & field CroSS CounTry TRICIA AWALD WHeeler HigH SCHool Cobb CounTy Senior SofTball Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 15 i went to high school in north georgia and then i attended the university of georgia. i graduated froM uga with a bachelor s of science in broad field social science. i sPent 9 years as a during these 9 years i coached football i found My true career Passion by coMbing teaching and coaching. in 2008 i was fortunate to becoMe an i university classrooM teacher teaching us history and econoMics. wrestling baseball and golf. i will always be a lifetiMe educator that truly aPPreciates the oPPortunity to build great relationshiPs with students teachers and coMMunity Partners. assistant PrinciPal and athletic director at PoPe high school in cobb county. while working at graduated froM the of PoPe high school i fulfilled a lifelong Professional goal. southern MississiPPi with My Ph.d. in educational leadershiP. i sPent four years at PoPe before being hired as the district athletic director for year in this caPacity and this is My fulton county. i aM currently starting My 5th 18th year in education. on a Personal note i was Married to shannon loechel on June 21 2013. we currently live in woodstock georgia. POSITIVE HE ADLI NE S If Fulton County Schools Director of Athletics Steve Craft had his way the news headlines would be shouting about the people doing good in the world not those inflicting harm. With 16 high schools and 19 middle schools in Fulton County Craft oversees the athletics programs of one of the oldest and largest school districts in the state of Georgia. And in two decades working for the system in classroom and administrative roles he knows that there students who are striving to make a difference in their schools and communities every day. And that s exactly why he says he s such a strong supporter of the Positive Athlete organization. Unfortunately when we look at the media and see the news stories too much is negative said Craft. The Positive Athlete program gives us an opportunity to celebrate the positive activities our kids are doing. They do amazing things and people don t even know. As one of Positive Athlete s earliest supporters Craft has actively promoted the program throughout the Fulton County school system each year encouraging each high school to nominate students and 16 coaches. Fulton has not only had several state winners each year but Johns Creek High School he adds proudly was the very first winner of the Most Positive High School award in 2014 for making the most positive athlete nominations. The great thing is that it s not about the super star athlete. It can be but it doesn t have to be. It s about kids doing extraordinary things on and off field for their school and the community. For others it s awesome to see how they ve overcome difficulties he said. Many of these shining examples of courage and service would probably never be known if not for the Positive Athlete program he believes. The nominations allow people who know the individuals best such as coaches teachers or parents who share stories that might not otherwise ever come to light. In Fulton County in addition to the many wonderful examples of student nominees and winners Craft shared the inspiring example of a courageous coach in his district who received the Male Coach of the Year award. Although the coach has a serious medical issue he has motivated his students with his strength and dignity and the attitude that you never give up. He will be someone who kids will never forget said Craft. Craft describes the state awards ceremony as nothing short of fantastic. Held at the College Football Hall of Fame in downtown Atlanta he says it s an exciting opportunity for the students to meet people like Hines Ward Vince Dooley and others. It leaves you humbled and amazed and makes you feel good about life when you re learning about all these kids stories said Craft. It s truly an uplifting experience. And even though at end of day not everyone is an award winner says Craft it s a great honor for the kids and the reality is that everyone receives well-deserved acknowledgement at some level for what they are doing and the impact they are having on schools and communities. He is not surprised that Positive Athlete has grown from 300 nominations when it began three years ago to nearly 3500 last year. It s such a great program and when you are a school administrator you are always looking for ways to promote kids he said adding that the schools competitiveness with each other provides plenty of incentive to keep the nominations coming. Craft is impressed by the teens he knows first-hand who have already accomplished so much and shown so much kindness through their deeds. That s why he says that the people making the headlines -- the people either at the top or at the bottom of society -- do not represent his reality. The Positive Athlete program is focusing on those more in the middle said Craft the ones who show amazing character love and are willing to give to selflessly to their schools and their communities. And that is something worth celebrating. Those are the people who are truly making a difference in the world. u by Fran Putney Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email The Positive Athlete program is now in over 340 high schools in Georgia. We had over 3 400 nominations last year and expect to double these nominations this school year. Unfortunately we had many sports that had very few nominations and our goal is to change that this year. It is very important that all coaches teachers and parents are made aware of how the Positive Athlete program works and that it is properly promoted in your High School. We need ambassadors with good relations with coaches and school administrators to assure Positive Athlete is in front of everyone who can make a difference in the student athletes and coaches lives. understand that they are able to nominate any coach or student athlete. 3. Make sure your Positive Athletes get recognized and have the proper certificates 4. Make sure your school gets impacted by the Positive Athlete program. WhAt you cAn exPect from your Positive Athlete teAm is 1. Monthly updates on who has been nominated from your school. 2. Continuing information that can be shared with the school and local news outlets to let them know the Positive Athlete program is in full swing. 3. Any help you may need is only a phone call away. Positive Athlete is for All sPorts And Anyone cAn nominAte An Athlete As an ambassador you will be the liaison between us at Positive Athlete and your school. From now until the close of nominations in March the Positive Athlete team will be providing you with everything you need to 1. Make sure your student athletes and coaches get nominated and ALL sports are represented. 2. Make sure ALL coaches teachers administrators and parents siGn uP todAy. your school needs your helP. All you need to do is register here and someone from our team will be in contact with you as soon as possible. On and Off The fieLd As a freshman student-athlete at the University of Florida Brittney Reed was a bit unsure as to how to begin plugging in as she made her way on campus. Her shallow understanding of what the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) existed for was not unlike many in her situation and so in her first year in Gainesville she participated very little. I had gone to one meeting but I wasn t as involved as I am now said Reed. A lot of people don t know what SAAC is about and are intimated to go at first but going to one meeting can totally change your outlook. One of the things that I have learned since then is that SAAC is a great way to get involved and to make a difference. Reed says that often student-athletes begin participating in SAAC as simply another activity to put on their resume. While that is certainly a beginning point to an experience that is much greater she encourages studentathletes to move beyond that self-centered initial step of which she speaks from firsthand experience. That is not the best way to go about things she adds. In all honesty I began participating in SAAC once I transferred to Kennesaw State. I went to apply for a job and the manager looked at my resume and said you have nothing on your resume. That opened my eyes because I realized that I wasn t doing anything as far as community service or in any form of leadership. He made me realize how important that is how when you go to get a job after college your prospective employer will look at all of that. That experience created a desire in me to get involved in something that involved leadership but that was the initial reason that 18 I got involved. Once Reed took that initial step she came to a clear understanding of the importance of SAAC to the student-athlete. Members of a campus SAAC have the opportunity to address issues affecting student-athletes at their institution furthermore members have the opportunity to offer input on issues which may be national in scope. It is important for student-athletes to speak on behalf of student-athletes said Reed. You are representing your team on the campus level representing something greater than yourself. Reed s fulfilment from SAAC originates from her enjoyment of serving others being involved and meeting new people through networking. Reed is thankful for her previous SAAC advisor who saw in a freshman who lacked confidence the potential that she is now realizing. My SAAC advisor at the time is the one who encouraged me to apply for the National SAAC position said Reed. I didn t really know what SAAC was and she helped me understand it and I got more and more involved. She believed in me and so that helped a lot because I wasn t very confident my freshman year coming in. I applied for our campus president position and the national SAAC position at the same time and I ended up getting the national SAAC position. Along with her involvement in KSU s campus SAAC Reed also serves ASUN Share on Facebook Leader student-athletes at large as the conference s representative to the Division I National SAAC which consists of one student-athlete from each of the 32 D-I conferences. Reed attends the regular Division I SAAC meetings and reports back to her peers at biannual ASUN SAAC meetings in January and October. During those meetings she leads discussion to educate her peers on the latest relevant issues and how they affect student-athletes shares the temperature of the national SAAC on those issues and solicits feedback in order to accurately provide the ASUN s perspective. She has also encouraged ASUN participation in a number of initiatives such as the It s On Us video campaign to stop sexual assault on campus and ASUN-specific projects including a conference-wide blanket and food distribution initiative last November December. Brittney is also the on-campus ambassador at KSU for Team Impact a non-profit that works with children who have long-term illnesses. That experience stands out to Reed as one of her most meaningful. I think it is really exciting how the ASUN SAAC has grown over the past couple of years said Reed. When I first came in we were like what do we say how is this run Now when we go to meetings everyone is talking everyone wants to be involved everyone is asking questions. The conversation is such that we often have to make the group move on to the next item because people are engaged. They want to understand why things are the way they are and how they will impact all student-athletes not just from their sport. It has been exciting and a privilege to be a part of that. u edited FroM an article Featuring kennesaw state senior woMen s soccer student-athlete brittney reed that aPPeared in the Most recent asun Quarterly. Share on Google Plus Send email Positive Athlete Share on Twitter LONG BEFORE TAKEOFF. Proud Official Airline of Positive Athlete. SOMETIMES OUR HIGHEST HEIGHTS HAPPEN R takes a Receive que Route uni Prentice P.J. Stone aspires to become a high school athletics director. He already has been a leader of student-athletes as one of only four seniors on Kennesaw State University s inaugural football team. Stone s next leadership role will be as a teacher and assistant football coach at Campbell High School in Smyrna. He became the first member of the upstart Kennesaw State football program to graduate receiving his bachelor s degree in exercise science during last week s spring commencement ceremonies. It meant a lot to be part of this football program and make history for this University Stone said. Stone made the most of his one season at Kennesaw State tying for second on the team in pass receptions as a starting wide receiver and averaging nearly 22 yards per return as the Owls primary kick returner. He excelled off the field as well earning Big South Conference All-Academic honors and graduating magna cum laude. P.J. was a great role model for our team with us having so many young players KSU head coach Brian Bohannon said. He will leave a legacy here not only for what he did on Saturdays but for leading by example and doing things the right way. Stone took an unconventional route to Kennesaw State. He was an honors student and a football basketball and track star at Sprayberry High School in Marietta but his home life was a different story. Stone legally emancipated himself from his parents as a 20 high school junior. Stone said he lived house-to-house with different people before he was adopted by Davana Silva who had been one of his teachers at Sprayberry. He credits Silva whom he calls Mom with being a stabilizing force in his life and his inspiration to attend college. She always made sure that I had what I needed but she never wanted to take credit for anything Stone said. She has been a big part of my life just in a small amount of years. Stone eventually reconciled with his biological parents but his father Prentice Stone Sr. died from cancer this past October. The elder Stone was a big football fan according to his son and was able to see P.J. play college football once before he died. Though Prentice Sr. was sick and undergoing treatment he watched at Fifth Third Bank Stadium as P.J. caught a 10-yard pass and returned a kickoff 35 yards in Kennesaw State s 18-10 win over Shorter on Sept. 19. P.J. has had to overcome one thing after another and it s made him such a strong person. That s what is going to make him so successful Bohannon said. He has set goals and he will do whatever he says he s going to do. Stone signed to play football at Eastern Kentucky University out of high school but a pair of surgeries sidelined him from ever playing a game there. In fact following his senior season at Sprayberry in 2010 Stone didn t play in another football game until he took the field for the Owls last year. He wasn t sure he would play football after he transferred to Kennesaw State in 2014 but that changed after he happened to run into Bohannon one day at the KSU Convocation Center. Bohannon who as a Georgia Tech assistant coach had recruited Stone encouraged him to try out for Kennesaw State s new team. After that signs just kept pointing to it Stone said. I said I m going for it. Stone made the team and played a big part in the Owls memorable first season. He made history again last week as the football program s first graduate. Stone had a big crowd of family and friends at his graduation ceremony including his two moms his biological mother and adoptive mother. The one person missing was his father but Prentice Sr. was ever-present in P.J. s thoughts. I m happy I graduated but I m happy that I could do it for him Stone said. It s one thing he always wanted to see me do and he was months away from it. I know he s really proud now. u by Paul Floeckher Photos by david caselli Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email Proud Supporters of High School Athletics northside.com DRIV EN TO OVERCOME Every athlete knows that there is always a possibility that an injury could derail a season but nothing could have prepared Morgan Reynolds for what would become the greatest obstacle in not only her gymnastics career but in her life. On a day that was like any other day a year ago Reynolds then a junior Georgia gymnastics program woke up feeling a little under the weather. Reynolds said. My stomach was hurting so bad and it continued to hurt throughout the day so I went to see a doctor. The doctor told me it was just a virus but to come back if it didn t get any better. The Athens native took what the doctor prescribed went home to rest and hoped to be back on the gym floor the next day. That optimism was quickly interrupted by worsening pain causing Reynolds to make a trip to the emergency room. While in the emergency room she was being tested for a variety of things that could be causing her pain and the staff thought it was her appendix. However after receiving the results a far more troubling and severe outcome was discovered--Reynolds was actually battling a severe case of E.Coli. After being hospitalized for a couple of days the doctors sent her home to heal. The E.Coli lasted for 10 days but while she was trying to heal her kidneys started to fail. Reynolds was immediately rushed to the 22 hospital where she was admitted to the ICU. In a matter of just a few days Reynolds went from being completely healthy and focused on her training for the upcoming season to fighting for her life in the ICU. Although the Gymdogs were preparing for their season their teammate was never far from their minds. They had to find a way to continue prepping for the upcoming season while still being as present and supportive of Morgan as possible. Separating life inside the gym from life outside the gym is always a challenge Durante said. We talk about this a lot during the season--I always tell the girls to control what you can control inside the gym which is your focus and your thoughts. We thought about Morgan every day and still maintained her biggest support system. We would send her videos pictures and snapchats every day. In a matter of weeks Morgan went through tests blood work multiple hospitalizations unimaginable pain and the possibility that she could require dialysis for the rest of her life. Still she was able to stay motivated and positive because of one thing the desire to get back on the competition floor. I had worked so hard all summer and fall in order to compete Reynolds said. My mindset was Why would I let something so random keep me from my one goal and the one thing that I loved most and worked so hard at I know there were a lot of my supporters who were hesitant but I was determined to bust my butt and get back out there. After weeks of preparing for her return Morgan s dream of getting back on the floor and competing had finally become a reality. Reynolds competed for the rest of the season where she scored a 9.825 in her first three meets a 9.85 in the Athens Regional a 9.7875 at the NCAA semifinals and a 9.8 at the Super Six. She is now entering her senior season and is as the peak of her health and preparedness. She continues to work hard in the gym in order to go out strong for her last season. Every hardship teaches you lessons and Morgan will tell you that this has helped her be a better team member a better leader a bet ter gymnast and a better person. She has grown so much through this and being her coach and seeing this daily is phenomenal. I learned a lot about this process but most importantly I learned a lot about myself Reynolds said. Now I feel like I can overcome anything. When I look back on my experience I am just amazed. It was all God and I am thankful I was allowed another opportunity at the sport I love. The Gymdogs will begin 2017 season on January 6 at LSU where Reynolds figures to hold a spot in the competition lineup. u Positive Athlete Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email Nominations are now open How it works Nominate any athlete as a Positive Athlete from any High School boys or girls sport at any time. The Positive Athlete of the Year will be submitted for further consideration and the opportunity to win more scholarship monies. school systems will have this option) Anyone can nominate an athlete NOT just coaches. Parents Anyone can nominate any person for any sport at any time. family teammates classmates or friends can simply fill out the form if they think their choice meets the 7 criteria for a Positive Athlete. Obviously you will want to nominate while that sport is in season. Our Positive Athletes are chosen once a month for a sport. There will be only one Positive Athlete per sport. will chose (with the help of coaches and administrators of your school) the Positive Athlete of the Year both boy and girl. That choice will be made from the monthly winners and be awarded scholarship monies. Regional Winners - from the individual school system (not all State Wide Winners - from the final school s winners we will determine the final state wide winners for additional recognition and scholarship monies. Plus the opportunity to meet some of the top professional athletes in the area including Hines Ward the information and evaluate and talk to coaches before naming the Positive Athlete for that particular sport. Positive Athlete of the Year. At the end of the school year we Get Started Fill out the form below. Our selection team will take CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR NOMINATION FOR POSITIVE ATHLETE Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google Plus Send email PositiveAthlete.org 23 DID YOU KNOW division i Who Would hAve thouGht there Are 66 colleGes With sPorts ProGrAms in GA Alone. Georgia Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs ...............University of Georgia ............................... Athens .................. SEC Georgia Southern Eagles .........................................Georgia Southern University .................... Statesboro ............ Sun Belt Georgia State Panthers .............................................Georgia State University .......................... 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College Planning Institute Bright Future Award Given to a Cobb County underclassman who is developing a bright future based on their volunteerism academics and college planning. Cobb EMC Positive Energy Award Given to a Cobb County student-athlete who brought positive energy to every practice and competition. 50 0 50 0 50 0 Northside Hospital Leadership Award Given to a Cobb County student-athlete who has shown exceptional leadership skills at their school and in their community. Chattahoochee Technical College Academic Excellence Award Given to a Cobb County student-athlete who has also achieved academic excellence in the classroom. LGE Community Credit Union Extra Credit Award Given to the Cobb County high school student-athlete who goes above and beyond for their team school and community to make the world a better place. 50 0 50 0 LOUD Security Systems LOUD Statement Award Given to the student-athlete whose positive attitude made a LOUD statement about the importance of a positive attitude to their school and community. LIFE University LIFE-Changer Award Given to the Cobb County high school student-athlete who has impacted and inspired their school and community to become life-change agents. 50 0 Karing Hands Scholarships Given to two Pebblebrook High School student-athletes who are creating better lives for others. This scholarship was created by a former Cobb County Positive Athlete Award winner. NORTHWEST GEORGIA SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS 50 0 Children s Healthcare of Atlanta Hope & Will Award Awarded to a Northwest Georgia student-athlete who represented a Hopeful attitude and strong Will for their team school and community. 2015-16 50 0 Chattahoochee Technical College Academic Excellence Award Awarded to a Northwest Georgia student-athlete who has also achieved academic excellence in the classroom. 50 0 50 0 50 0 LGE Community Credit Union Extra Credit Award Given to the Cobb County high school student-athlete who goes above and beyond for their team school and community to make the world a better place. Northside Hospital Leadership Award Given to a Cobb County student-athlete who has shown exceptional leadership skills at their school and in their community. LIFE University LIFE-Changer Award Given to the Cobb County high school student-athlete who has impacted and inspired their school and community to become life-change agents. SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS 50 0 Gwinnett Medical Center Comeback Player of the Year Awards Given to a Gwinnett County male and female student-athlete who overcame and returned from a game-changing injury or illness that affected their athletic participation while demonstrating competitive achievement sportsmanship ethical behavior and strong academics. 2015-16 GWINNETT COUNTY 50 0 Comeback Player of the Year Awards Given to a Gwinnett County male and female student-athlete who overcame and returned from a game-changing injury or illness that affected their athletic participation while demonstrating competitive achievement sportsmanship ethical behavior and strong academics. NORTH GEORGIA SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS 50 0 Northside Hospital Leadership Award Given to a North Georgia studentathlete who has shown exceptional leadership skills at their school and in their community. NORTH FULTON COUNTY SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS 50 0 Northside Hospital Leadership Award Given to a North Fulton County studentathlete who has shown exceptional leadership skills at their school and in their community. 2015-16 50 0 ChoicesToYou.com Positive Choice Award Awarded to a North Fulton County student-athlete who made a positive choice that benefited their school or community. SOUTH ATLANTA COUNTIES SPONSORED SCHOLARSHIPS 50 0 Children s Healthcare of Atlanta Hope & Will Award Given to the Positive High School Athletes who represented a Hopeful attitude and strong Will for their team school and community. 50 0 Point University Difference Maker Award A scholarship awarded to a student-athlete who has made a significant difference in his or her school or community just like graduates of Point University do every day. P L AY VIDEO ID V