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Cats Shop For Charity
Georgia Northwestern Athletics Make Christmas Cheer Run

(Chattanooga, Tennessee) – While most college students spent the Christmas break hoping to get some cash for their expenses, the Georgia Northwestern Technical College Men’s Basketball Team spent their free time spending their own cash for a good cause.

The GNTC Bobcats and their Head Men’s Basketball Coach David Stephenson made a shopping trip over the break to help fill the needs of the families at Chattanooga’s Ronald McDonald House. “These guys wanted this to be their thing, their money,” said Stephenson.  “I loaded them up and said let’s do some shopping.”

Accessories for bathing and hygiene topped the shopping list as carts were filled with everything from soap to toothbrushes. “Just getting a bunch of things families might need help with,” said Georgia Northwestern sophomore co-captain, Jesse Moore. “Coach is really good about getting these kinds of projects for us to take part in. It’s good for the team.”

Ronald McDonald House Development Officer Jules Kinder welcomed the team and gave them a tour of the facility. “The families that stay here have so many important needs and they depend on the kindness of people here in our communities,” Kinder told the players. 

Kinder is also in charge of the Autumn Children’s Festival held annually at the Tennessee Riverpark. “It sounds like some of the guys want to help out at the festival, too,” said Kinder. The Autumn Children’s Festival will be celebrating its’ 22nd year this fall. Approximately 3,500 families attend the two-day event generating more than $30,000 each year.

If you’d like to donate your time or services to the Autumn Children’s Festival or just donate your time or services to the Chattanooga Ronald McDonald House, call the Development Office at 423-778-4140.

For more information on Bobcats or Lady Cats athletic programs at Georgia Northwestern, you can contact the Office of Sports Information at 706.764.3813 or email to dfoley@gntc.edu.  Georgia Northwestern is Northwest Georgia’s largest college with an annual enrollment of nearly 10,000 students.