Avengers Double Days
LOS ANGELES - Even though it is their day off, Avenger players regularly take part in "Double Days" ... the team's community outreach program that makes a pair of visits to schools and/or hospitals on either Monday or Tuesday each week.
On Tuesday, Feb. 7, offensive/defensive linemen Isaac Hilton and Reggie Rhodes and two "A-Team" dancers spent the day visiting with more than 700 children at Century Park Elementary School in Inglewood. The school visit was to promote the teams' "Stay in the Game to A.C.H.I.E.V.E." program.
"It was very special for me to take part in this event," Hilton said. "Being a positive role model is always a good thing and having the chance to educate these kids was priceless."
At Century Park Elementary, Hilton, Rhodes and the two "A-Team" dancers, spoke to the students about the importance of getting good grades, being involved in school activities and stressed the importance of being honest. They also let the students know that this is the time to set a solid foundation for their futures through school. The four Avenger representatives also answered questions from the students.
The A.C.H.I.E.V.E. curriculum is based on the characteristics that the Avengers believe are the keys to a student's success: A - Academics, C - Courage, H - Honesty, I - Involvement, E - Enthusiasm, V - Values, E - Excellence. Avenger players, coaches and "A-Team" dancers use examples from their own lives to demonstrate that working hard in school can enable you're dreams to become reality.
The "Stay In The Game to A.C.H.I.E.V.E." program, which combines motivational and reward opportunities for students with the access to the experiences and leadership of Avenger players, coaches and "A-Team" dancers. The ultimate goal is to encourage and positively influence students, rewarding them for their achievements with two complimentary tickets to a Los Angeles Avengers home game at STAPLES Center (categories include: good attendance, straight A's, improving grades and the ninth man award).
Last year, the Avengers distributed 28,000 ticket vouchers to over 100 schools in the Los Angeles area to support the teams' "Stay In The Game to A.C.H.I.E.V.E." program.
The Avengers are in their seventh season in the 20-year-old AFL. The Avengers travel to Grand Rapids, Mich., to play the Rampage on Sunday, Feb. 12. The game will broadcast on XTRA Sports AM 570 at 11 a.m. (Pacific). Please call 1-888-AVENGERS for more information or visit the team's official Website at www.laavengers.com.
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