GMC Athletics Implements Character Development through Speaker Series

GMC Athletics Implements Character Development through Speaker Series

Character based education is a fundamental part of Georgia Military College's (GMC) education system. It's an important aspect of learning for not only students, but student-athletes. In an effort to engage athletes in a different way, the Georgia Military College Intercollegiate Athletics Department developed the Athletic Speaker Series, partnering with Total Courage, as a part of character development efforts with athletes at GMC. This past Tuesday, April 17th, a Silver Medalist in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics in the 110m hurdles, Greg Foster, spoke to the GMC Student Athletes.

"I felt an important piece our athletes needed was the opportunity to learn from some highly successful former athletes from a variety of backgrounds who had overcome their own challenges, and could provide some insight to our athletes to help them with their total educational process," GMC Athletic Director, Bert Williams, said. "With the support of Total Courage, our Athletic Speaker Series was born, and we have been blessed to have some phenomenal men and women meet and share their experiences with our young athletes. This has been a tremendously worthwhile effort, and one that we will continue to grow and offer moving forward."

In the past, GMC has had visitors like Founder and CEO of Total Courage, Darryl "Dee" Daughetry, President and CEO of Insight Strategy Advisors and college football player from Davidson College, Harry Schiavi, and Erika Baranek, former Project and Game Day Coordinator for Arthur Blank/AMD Group, and current Marketing Director for Atlanta United FC United, former FBS Athlete and Rowing Coach at University of Alabama.

Foster is now an Entrepreneur, CEO of GBM Sports and The Art of Running and Hurdling, and he's the Founder and Executive Director of Partners for Educational Progress. In addition to winning Silver at the Olympics, Foster is also a World Record Holder, American Record Holder, 4x IAAF World Champion, he's a member of the U.S.A. Track and Field Hall of Fame, and a Youth Track Coach and Mentor. He currently resides in St. Louis, Missouri, and is a father of three sons.

We are so grateful to have Greg Foster visit GMC on this past Tuesday to inspire and motivate our student athletes!