Athens High School student-athletes score big with afternoon of service


ATHENS, Ala. (WHNT) – More than 350 Athens High School (AHS) student-athletes scored community service points after completing their first “Athletes Improve the Community” event on Wednesday.

The athletes, accompanied by coaches, took the city by storm, splitting into 12 groups to help out with different after-school programs, resource centers and clean up downtown.

No pads or whistles were needed, but the same teamwork applied.

“We want everyone to feel like we’re ‘an Athens,'” women’s basketball coach Capriee Tucker said. “It’s our motto here in the school system and we sincerely believe in it. And that was just one way to kick it off.

Senior athletes like Chloe Jackson and Larry Howard haven’t been shy about taking a practice day to say “thank you” to those who support them in the stands each week.

“It’s a good feeling,” Jackson said. “You know that in the future they will be [elementary students] going to remember that they had these athletes to come to their school and take time out of their day and their training time and their season to work for them.

“Growing up as a big brother, I thought it was always best to be a good role model,” shared Howard, running back for the Athens Golden Eagles. “The fact that we’re going out in the community today is going to be a good example of a role model.”

Students stopped by surrounding elementary schools, Boys and Girls Club, local Family Resource Center, Women’s Resource Center and more!

When the afternoon was over, the teams and coaches returned to the school arena to reflect on the different areas of service as they hope to continue this program in the future.


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