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February 12, 2013

NFL standout Leonard Pope to speak at South Georgia Tech African American History event

AMERICUS — Former Americus High School and University of Georgia football standout Leonard Pope, who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the National Football League, will be the guest speaker at the South Georgia Technical College African American History Month celebration on Tuesday, February 19th at 10 a.m. in the John M. Pope Industrial Technology Center on the Americus campus. The public is invited to attend.

“We are pleased that Leonard Pope has agreed to speak at South Georgia Technical College’s African American History Month celebration,” said South Georgia Technical College President Sparky Reeves.  “Leonard Pope is an inspiration to many young people and we believe that he will have a powerful message for the South Georgia Technical College students, faculty, and staff as well as community members.”

 Pope, who is a native of Americus, is currently a tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2006 NFL draft. Pope has spent six years in the NFL and has also played for the Kansas City Chiefs. He played college football at the University of Georgia.

 In addition to his outstanding football career, Pope has continued to give back to his hometown community. He has established the C.H.A.M.P Foundation (Creating Hope and Making Progress) and sponsored annual fun Kids Day events.  He has also worked with Phoebe Sumter Hospital to help more individuals become aware of diabetes.

The theme for South Georgia Technical College’s 2013 African American History Month celebration is “The Power of a Dream.” The Sumter County Primary School Singers will be performing at the event as well as the South Georgia Technical College Gospel Choir under the direction of Leonard Tyson.

For more information about the South Georgia Technical College African American History Month celebration contact:  Cynthia Carter at 229-931-2057 or Don Smith at 229-931-4251.

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