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Colonials Renew Grassroots Partnership in D.C. to Begin 2014

Sept. 8, 2014 Photo Gallery

In partnership with GW's Freshman Day of Service, over 120 freshman student-athletes participated in Grassroots Colonials training this past Saturday, Sept. 6. Grassroots Colonials provides HIV/AIDS awareness programming to at-risk middle schools in the District of Columbia.

"Over the past several years we have had hundreds of student-athletes go through the Grassroots Project and serve the D.C. community," said Michael Bourie, the campus program coordinator. "We were ecstatic to have the opportunity to train and inspire the new class to implement Grassroots."

The training consists of teaching collegiate student-athletes to fully engage middle school students in HIV/AIDS awareness through an interactive curriculum. The trained student-athletes travel weekly to D.C. schools and forge meaningful relationships with student mentees as they implement the awareness program.

"We're really excited to work with kids in D.C. and teach them about HIV/AIDS awareness," said India Johnstone, a freshman on GW's sailing team. "Today we all learned the difficult situation in D.C. and we are excited to educate our community."