10 Reasons to Support the Georgia College Athletic Auction: Shanteona Keys
MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. - In the days leading to the 2012 Georgia College Athletic Auction, Saturday, April 14 at 6 p.m. in the Centennial Center, Bobcat Nation will sit down with a few current and former Georgia College student-athletes for a few personality profiles.
The Athletic Auction helps to support student-athlete scholarships and other capital projects for the athletic department. Individual tickets, which admit two people, can be purchased for $125 and include free food and drinks along with entry to the $10,000 reverse raffle.
The first featured student-athlete is women’s basketball player Shanteona Keys (Roswell, Ga.). Keys led the Bobcats with 16.6 points per game this season, and was named the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) Freshman of the Year, while garnering All-PBC Third Team honors.
- How does your team give back to the
We have hosted elementary school children to show the around the gym. We also gave a free basketball clinic earlier in the semester, but we love going to the Boys and Girls club of Milledgeville! We like to go help them with homework during power hour!
- How has being on a collegiate team shaped you
On a collegiate team everyone was once a leader on their high school team, so I had to learn how to be leader and still be a team player because that is the most important part of being a team. Personally, I have also learned that there is always someone better than you, so it's important to constantly work toward improving. Also, hark work and dedication will pay off!
- What are your plans for the future and how will this
scholarship help you reach these goals?
My dream is to become the next Oprah! I hope to choose between athletic training and broadcast journalism in the near future. If I choose athletic training, I hope to work in the Olympics one day and if I choose broadcast, then I hope to be a great television personality like Oprah Winfrey!
- What does the GC Athletic Department mean to you and
how has it helped you thus far?
The athletic department is full of wonderful people with smiles on their faces all the time! I appreciate their hard work and positive attitudes! It has helped me the most by assuring me that I will have help if I struggle in classes.
- What are some of the learning experiences you've taken
away from your time as a student athlete at GC?
I've learned it is important to balance school and classes because that is the only way to have the full experience. If you focus too much on one or the other, it becomes difficult to stay level headed. I have learned to just try to be my best in both categories to make sure I don't take either for granted.
- What made you choose / pursue Georgia
I chose GC because of the beautiful campus and wonderful basketball coaching staff!
- How have you personally seen the Athletic Department
grown since you have been here?
I've only been here a year, but I see lots of dedication from all parts of the athletic department including academics, community relations and campus relations! There hasn't been emphasis just on sports, there is importance in all aspects of our student-athlete lives.
- Background (Age, Hometown, High School, Year in
College, Position in your sport)
I am an 18 year old freshman from Roswell, Ga. I attended Roswell High School. I play one of the guard positions!
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