Red Ribbon Week is a week dedicated to drug, alcohol and violence awareness that is observed in the United States in October through a series of activities, lectures, prevention programs and volunteer work.
This year, JSU student athletes and the athletic department at JSU will be participating in the local community. They are organizing activities for students around the county to help get out the word to young people about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, as well as violence-prevention.
Members of JSU’s football squad and track team plan to go out to White Plains Middle School on October 22nd to give talks and have activities with the students there on topics of drug and alcohol abuse and the pitfalls associated with them.
The same day, the men’s and women’s basketball teams have plans to be at Kitty Stone Elementary here in Jacksonville and spend time with the students and teach them about red ribbon week and why it is important to not abuse drugs and alcohol.
They will also be on hand to help kickoff a Gamecock Reading Challenge called “We’re Cocky About Reading”, which is a K-6th grade accelerated reading program aimed at encouraging students to read more through personal goals and interactions with our basketball team. Our very own mascot himself, Cocky, will be there to help kick off what will be an exciting year in the classroom for these kids.
Concurrently, JSU students-athletes are encouraged to volunteer and assist in local schools and the community through a volunteer driven initiative called “Gimme Five Gamecock”, which encourages student-athletes to give five hours of their time towards community service projects and national charities, and also encourages personal growth and development of the athletes.
Perhaps through student-athlete involvement in the local community, JSU athletes can play a role now in developing young people into responsible adults and citizens later on in life. And even recruit a future Gamecock athlete or two in the process!