The Atlanta Hawks ran local Ron Clark Academy (RCA) on Friday for a special day of educator training, basketball-based curriculum in the classrooms and Hawks player visits.
“The Atlanta Hawks are inspired by the Ron Clark Academy and the revolutionary methods that they use to make education interactive, challenging and fun,”Bob Williams, President of the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena, stated in the team’s official news release. “We are excited to be supporting the professional development of some of Georgia’s top teacher talent during Atlanta Hawks Day at RCA.”
The training day, which is part of the RCA Educator Training Program, featured 60 of Georgia’s top teachers and was made possible by a $25,000 donation from the Atlanta Hawks Foundation. Training occurred from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm while players such as John Jenkins, Kyle Korver, Anthony Morrow and Zaza Pachulia made appearances in the classrooms in the afternoon.
“The Atlanta Hawks organization has a history of supporting education, and we are proud to partner with them to promote the importance of teacher effectiveness in Georgia’s classrooms. Their spirit of excellence aligns beautifully with what we instill in educators through our training programs,” Kim Bearden, cofounder and executive director of RCA, said.
The Atlanta Hawks Day of training was provided to Georgia Teaching Fellows and deserving, committed educators from across the metro area that were selected by the RCA staff.
“As a lifelong Hawks fan, I am thrilled about this event,” Ron Clark, the Academy’s founder, said prior to the event. “We are going to combine the passion of RCA and the finesse of the Atlanta Hawks and uplift educators from across Georgia. It’s going to be phenomenal!”
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