Athletics News

Grassroot Project commencement held in Smith Center

GW men's rower Jake Miner at Monday's Grassroot Project graduation.

May 3, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - There was an air of excitement Monday afternoon as more than 100 students from D.C. middle schools got their diplomas for their participation in the Grassroot Project this school year. The program uses games-based teaching to make middle school children aware of the dangers of HIV/AIDS

Encouraged by their student-athlete mentors from George Washington, Georgetown and Howard, the youngsters spread out in various work groups on the basketball court at GW's Charles E. Smith Center. They took part in the many games they used as a learning tool during the year and filled the arena with plenty of noise with their trademark shout outs.

Dr. Karen McDonnell, Ph.D. and associate professor at GW attended the ceremony. The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services partnered with the Grassroot Project this school year. "I get invigorated when I see kids learning in such an active way," she said after the students emptied the gym to wrap of the festivities with a pizza party.

Student-athletes from the three universities volunteer their time in the program and many were on hand for the commencement ceremony.