Athletes Care Team

When the cheering inevitably ends, the student-athlete at Wake Forest will still hear the roar of the crowd because she has not only received a degree in her chosen field, but she has also been prepared to face the continuing journey of life.

Demon Deacon student-athletes will be prepared to interact with society, to be involved, to make a positive impact on their chosen community, to enter the job marketNand prepared to reach the maximum of their potential. They will embark on the remainder of life 's journey ready and able because their efforts with "ACT " (Athletes Care Team) will have taught, supported and motivated them from their freshman year through their day of graduation.

The Athletes Care Team organizes university resources and utilizes outside expertise to insure that an education is received in all aspects of life. In this manner, the student-athlete will not only have a clear understanding of his value to society, but also understand those inner values by which he lives each day of his life.

The truest measure of human growth and development is manifested in one 's capacity to share their gifts and good fortune with their fellow man. And that is where "ACT " comes into play. Through "Athletes Care, " the Wake Forest athletic department outreach program, the student-athlete is encouraged to use her talents and popularity in a most positive manner to help those less fortunate.

One major effort involves an alliance with the Forsyth County school system which was initially forged two years ago. On a weekly basis, Wake Forest athletes visit area elementary and middle schools offering support, encouragement, friendship, help with lessons, and whatever was necessary to the students.

Through the student-athlete speakers bureau, ACT members also spoke to over 3,500 students at schools, boys and girls clubs, YMCA or similar locations, emphasizing the setting of goals, working hard, staying drug free and the need for a solid education.

Overall, WFU student-athletes volunteered more than 2,700 hours during the 1993-94 school year.

"Athletes Care " doesn 't limit itself to one form of giving. The Forsyth County Special Olympics program was hosted by Wake Forest University for the second year in a row this past spring. Other projects included the ACC/Exxon "Kids in College " program in area middle schools, visits to Brenner Children 's Hospital, "Project Pumpkin " which services inner city youngsters on Halloween, and "Santa 's Helper " the popular Christmas-time effort that purchases, wraps and delivers presents to disadvantaged youth in the community.

Former Wake Forest basketball All-American and ACC Player of the Year Charlie Davis is in his fourth year as the administrator of the athletic department 's outreach program.

"I am more than encouraged by the tremendous response from our student-athletes, " Davis says. "Our young people are looking for opportunities to interact and help in the community and we are striving to help them reach their potential in this area ".

"Participating in the outreach program is but an extension of the educational process for our student-athletes. Our ultimate goal would be to have every one of them involved in some capacity during their careers at Wake Forest. "

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