GW Men's Hoops' Kopriva Named March Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month

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George Washington men's basketball sophomore John Kopriva is the GW Athletics Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for March.

Kopriva has spearheaded more than 30 GW student-athletes' volunteer efforts with Lemonade Day, an experiential learning program that teaches youth how to start, own and operate their own business - a lemonade stand.

A native of Milwaukee, Wis., who plans to study pre-med, Kopriva initiated the involvement of fellow student-athletes in the local Lemonade Day D.C. chapter early in the spring semester.  Since then, he has been organizing the group's travel to Northwest D.C.'s Paul Charter School in March and April to teach sixth- and seventh-graders a 14-step entrepreneurial business plan.

"Leading this project has been a blast for me," said Kopriva. "As a kid, I would have loved to participate in Lemonade Day, so being a city director now is the next best thing. I am so proud of my fellow GW student-athletes for rallying around this project and making Lemonade Day such a valuable experience for these kids."

On Sunday, April 14, those middle school students mentored by Kopriva and other student-athletes will put the skills learned over the past month into action by launching their own businesses at lemonade stands on the GW campus and throughout the district.

"John's hard work and dedication exemplify extraordinary commitment to the D.C. community," said GW Athletics' LifeSkills coordinator Ted Costigan.

To learn more about Lemonade Day DC, visit, or visit the national website at


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