Oct. 16, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss women's basketball team will host an "Education Day" in conjunction with the season opener against Hampton University on Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. in Reed Green Coliseum.
As part of their continued community service, the Lady Eagle team is extending an invitation to area elementary schools with the purpose of offering the schools the opportunity to visit a college campus and watch a collegiate athletic event. The team has visited several area schools and shared their stories on what it takes to be a college student-athlete.
"This is a win-win situation," Coach Joye Lee-McNelis said. "The students are winning by listening to the stories from players, being on campus and being at an athletic event. The Lady Eagles are winning because they are learning public speaking skills and how to relate with people from all walks of life.
"It is important for our players to help our young people understand that education is critical as well as to understand that we must respect others, possess self-discipline and a commitment to always give our best."
Admission to the contest will be $1 per student. The Hattiesburg School District as well as Forrest and Lamar County School districts are using this as an incentive to their students to increase their grades and possess a positive attitude toward others.
"This is a big component of our Lady Eagle mission statement," senior Ance Celmina said. "We understand we must be difference makers."
If other school districts are interested in participating, please contact Melinda Clanton in the women's basketball office at 601-266-6444.