What it means to be Georgia’s Own

I’m Georgia’s Own and that means that I have a responsibility to serve others in my state the same way that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did.

I’m Georgia’s Own and that means that I must learn from the success of other communities and bring the good news and practices to the pecan state as Ambassador Andrew Young does.

I’m proud to be Georgia’s Own along with my youth development organization L.E.A.D. L.E.A.D. successfully uses baseball to allow inner city Atlanta males to access college. Yesterday, Georgia’s Own Credit Union raised over $28,000 for L.E.A.D. in it’s annual golf tournament. This donation will allow L.E.A.D. to keep over 10 inner city males on track to graduate from high school and attend college.  L.E.A.D. is a year round organization that serves over 180 middle and high school age males from the Atlanta Public School System.  Our four pillars of excellence are athletics, academics, service and exposure.

The state of Georgia currently graduates 45% of African-American males from high school. Since 2007, L.E.A.D. has graduated 100% of our Ambassadors and they all have enrolled into college while 89% have enrolled in college with a baseball scholarship. We are transforming inner city communities with year round programs that are measured for success.

Our young men have a future and Georgia’s Own Credit Union is helping them own it. Special thanks to Dave Preter, Georgia’s Own/CEO, Julee Brunson, Georgia’s Own; Vivian English, Georgia’s Own; and Ted Wood, Morgan Stanley.

We are counting on the Atlanta community to continue to support L.E.A.D.  Click here to purchase your tickets for L.E.A.D. Weekend 2011 at Turner Field Saturday, November 19-20.