George Washington men's rowing oarsman David Lincoln was named the GW Department of Athletics & Recreation's Community Service Student-Athlete of the Month for February.
Lincoln, a junior from Penn Valley, Pennsylvania, has been working with The Grassroots Project since the fall semester of his sophomore year. Over the summer, Lincoln and three other GW student-athletes went on a learning trip to South Africa to participate in a number of workshops and service opportunities to better increase the operation of Grassroots DC.
"Since joining The Grassroots Project, I've had some truly amazing experiences with wonderful people," said Lincoln. "A definite highlight of my time with TGP was traveling to South Africa as part of our Leadership Academy this past summer. I learned some valuable lessons about how athletes and sport can act as vehicles for development and change in their local communities. I'd say that the short time that I've been with The Grassroot Project has been one of the defining aspects of my time at GW, along with being a member of the athletics department."
Lincoln's work with The Grassroots Project continued into this academic year and he has happy to see the direction the organization is taking under the leadership of a number of GW student-athletes.
"The last month has been very exciting for The Grassroot Project," said Lincoln. "We completed some awesome athlete training programs at GW, Georgetown, and Howard. Our spring programs are now in full swing and GW student-athletes are placed all around the District, teaching middle schoolers key life skills."
"I think that it's very easy for students at GW to get caught up in the bubble of Foggy Bottom," he continued. "Being active in the community gives students, and especially student-athletes, an opportunity to break the bubble and experience the world around us. It's also important that we recognize the amazing privilege that we have as members of such a great athletics department, and use that privilege to help others."