Atlanta, GA – Grady Football spent the morning of Thursday February 13 in community service at Scott Elementary School. Head Coach Kevin Clark, Chick Fil A Peach Bowl Play It Smart Coach Travis Stroud, and eight Knights players administered a free Vision Screening for 149 students and visited classrooms to read with the kids.
Sponsored by Chick Fil A, Play It Smart is an educational program targeted at high school football players and implemented across all APS High Schools. The program, designed to transform student-athletes’ passion for sport and intense dedication to their team into a force for greater good in their lives, provides an “Academic Coach” who is equal parts mentor, advocate, counselor, teacher, coach and friend to work with the students for the entire academic year.
The program also helps organize community service opportunities. This year’s community service partnership was with The Lighthouse Foundation, an organization that works with a network of Lions Clubs and other volunteers to conduct vision and hearing screenings at schools, community centers, and events throughout the state. The Vision Screenings utilize cutting edge devices to identify visual acuity, risk for eye disease, and any hearing loss individuals may have suffered. If a person does not pass the screening, they are referred to additional Vision or Hearing Programs for follow-up care.
Ruthy Stephens, Director of Vision Programs at the Lighthouse Foundation, called the day “a very successful screening event” and remarked that the “athletes were on top of things” and the “students were so well behaved and interested in the event.”