OCTOBER, 2019
GEORGIA TECH FOOTBALL GAME DAY
On Saturday, September 14th, thanks to the generous donation of fifty (50) tickets from the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, H.E.R.O. children, their parent(s), and H.E.R.O. staff attended The Citadel vs. Georgia Tech Football Game at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Despite the heat, the children had a good time cheering on their favorite teams while interacting with their families and other kids. Though Citadel won with a 37-yard field goal in overtime (final score: 27 to 24), Georgia Tech was a formidable opponent. For some of our children, this was their first time attending a college football game. This event offered our children another chance to meet and develop supportive friendships with other kids facing similar life circumstances. H.E.R.O. is happy to have facilitated another 'unforgettable experience' for our children. 
ATLANTA BRAVES BASEBALL GAME DAY
Through the generous donation of fifty (50) tickets, H.E.R.O. children, their families, and H.E.R.O. staff received the amazing opportunity to attend the Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants game on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019 at SunTrust Park. The kids were happy to be placed in such good seats, and unanimously rooted for the Braves! Although our home team lost (with a score of 4-1), the kids still had an exciting time watching the game unfold, enjoying SunTrust Park and catching up with friends. H.E.R.O. would like to say a special "Thank You!" to the Braves Foundation and the Atlanta Braves players for providing our kids with yet another 'unforgettable experience'.  
CALL TO ACTION
Love Cycling? H.E.R.O. for Children, Inc. is looking for an individual to sign-up as our team captain and form a team on behalf of Camp High Five for Camp Twin Lakes' Spin for Kids. This event will take place on  Sunday, October 20th, 2019 .
 
What is Spin For Kids?
Taking place at Camp Twin Lakes (CTL)-Rutledge, Spin For Kids is a fully supported road bike ride that winds through the rolling hills of beautiful Morgan County, Georgia. Spin For Kids offers multiple routes for riders of all skill levels. Participants can choose from six scenic road routes: 5, 15, 27, 47, 62 or 100 miles. Each route is supported from start to finish with fully-stocked rest stops, first aid, route marshals, and bike technicians. Riders with young children can register their children to participate in free day camp while their parents are out riding. As riders return to CTL, they are invited to join in camp festivities including delicious food, beer, live entertainment and a chance to explore Camp. All adult riders pay a small registration fee ($5-$45) and commit to raising at least $200. Children under 18 who would like to ride are not required to fundraise and pay just $5-$15 to register.
 
How can Spin For Kids help H.E.R.O.?
Spin For Kids provides a unique opportunity for Camp Partners to raise money to offset our 2020 camp costs. 80% of the money raised by our team goes directly back to our camp program, and the other 20% helps CTL support you! Last year, Camp Partners raised over $48,000!
 
To sign-on as our team captain, please email our Match and Development Coordinator at nadia@heroforchildren.org or call (470) 321-3102 EXT. 248.
BECOME A SUPER HERO MENTOR TODAY!

The Super HEROes Mentoring Program  is a community-based, one-on-one mentoring program serving children infected with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The program provides these children with the opportunity to have a positive role model through a mentor and to strengthen their life skills, self-esteem, communication skills, goal-setting and academic performance.

Why HERO children need mentors? 

Approximately 33% of HERO children are HIV positive and the other 67% are affected (i.e. someone who has an infected parent, sibling, residential relative, or has lost a relative to HIV/AIDS-related complications). Twenty-five percent (25%) of HERO children have lost a parent as a result of HIV/AIDS-related complications, and almost 90% of HERO children come from low-income families (household incomes are $20,000/year or less).

Many of our children struggle with day-to-day challenges including low self-esteem, social difficulties, academic underachievement, self-destructive behavior, etc. You can help change this!

Responsibilities of a Super HERO Mentor:
  • Spend one-on-one quality time with a child at least twice a month, a minimum of two hours each time.
  • Participate with the child in a bi-monthly group activity organized and sponsored by H.E.R.O. for Children.
  • Be a positive role model for the child.
  • Contribute to strengthening the child's self-esteem, social adjustment and life skills.
Eligibility Requirements:
  • Be at least 22 years of age.
  • Be willing and available to comply with H.E.R.O. for Children's policies and procedures.*
  • Have dependable automobile transportation, maintain a valid driver's license, verifiable automobile insurance and abide by Georgia vehicle codes (i.e. seat belts, speed limits, etc.).
  • Have a suitable home environment.
  • Pass background checks, including motor vehicle record, sex offender registry, national criminal background screening and social security verification, prior to serving.
*  Training and continuing education provided.

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA HEROS OLYMPICS
Sunday, October 20th, 2019 | Athens, GA

TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD RETREAT
Friday, October 25th, 2019 - Sunday, October 27th, 2019 | Winder, GA

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA COLLEGE TOUR
Sunday, November 10th, 2019 | Athens, GA
 
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