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GW Student-Athletes Join University Initiative at Metro Stations and Collect Used Cell Phones for GW+Phones=Hope

GW women's lacrosse senior Emily Perling shakes hands with Chelsea Clinton at the GW + Phones = Hope Kickoff Rally in October.
GW women's lacrosse senior Emily Perling shakes hands with Chelsea Clinton at the GW + Phones = Hope Kickoff Rally in October.

April 26, 2012

WASHINGTON - Dozens of George Washington University students, including members of GW's men's tennis (@GWTennis on Twitter), volleyball (@GW_Volleyball) and men's and women's swimming (@GWSwimming) teams, collected used cell phones in 15 of Metro's busiest stations during the morning rush hours this morning.

"It's another sign of how terrifically engaged our students are," said George Washington University President Steven Knapp. "They really want to make a difference, no matter what they're studying, they are attracted to Washington because they want to be where history is being made and they want to be a part of that."

The used cell phones and other portable electronic devices that were collected, such as tablets and iPods, will be recycled and the proceeds will go to fund maternal and child mobile technology health projects in Mali, Malawi and Nepal. GW has been working with the organization Hope Phones to recycle electronics, with the aim of collecting 20,000 devices.

The collection was the conclusion of the university's GW+Phones=Hope campaign, which GW announced on Oct. 6 as part of being the host of the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting that took place on its campus in March. Men's soccer player Thomas Nicholas was among the international field of attendees at CGI U who presented a Commitment to Action at the event, while women's basketball seniors Tara Booker and Sara Mostafa, women's soccer sophomore Jane Wallis and men's basketball freshman John Kopriva were among only a handful of GW students accepted as group leaders at CGI U.

GW has been working with the organization Hope Phones to recycle electronics, with the aim of collecting 20,000 devices.

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