National Champions Partnering with The OC Charity
To Bring SCA Awareness to the Charlotte Community
Charlotte, N.C. - Charlotte Invasion is more than just a national championship basketball team. This hometown team is focused on mobilizing players to become community resource ambassadors in addition to champions! The 2016 season has proven to be the most exciting yet as they embark on new partnerships with organizations throughout Charlotte. The belief that being a champion is a way of life is integral in the Charlotte Invasion organization.
The Omar Carter Charity is committed to raising awareness to help the public become more familiar with what Sudden Cardiac Arrest (SCA) is, how it affects people, and how we can equip them with the training possible to save lives. Although October is officially Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month, the OC Charity raises awareness all year long. They utilize partnerships to host events that engage the community in cardiovascular health issues making it possible and convenient to learn CPR, obtain free physicals, and have access to blood pressure checks.
Charlotte Invasion and The OC Charity will come together once again to teach Compression Only CPR to the Charlotte community during halftime of the Saturday, July 9th Charlotte Invasion game against the Virginia Lady Warriors. The mission of these two organizations collide in awareness, education and promotion of maintaining a heart healthy lifestyle. This is only one of several events these organizations partner on throughout the year to bring SCA awareness to Charlotte and beyond. The game starts at 2pm.
For more information on sponsorship opportunities or team information, please visit our website at www.charlotteinvasion.com or call our Director of Marketing, Alexis Davis at (919) 673-6736. For information on SCA Awareness or the OC Charity, visitwww.omarcarterfoundation.org.
About Charlotte Invasion:
Our purpose is to collectively mobilize our team to community resource ambassadors to create leadership development opportunities for young women to exhibit everyday excellence. Secondly, to provide educational outreach to athletes, team members, and supporters on promoting, achieving and maintaining a healthy heart and lifestyle.
The month of June has been hot for the 3-1 South Carolina Storm. As the SC Storm continues their win streak, the feeling in the atmosphere is very optimistic. Peaking at the right time, veterans Sarah Lyon and Toni Jones has stepped up through some tough times. The Storm’s next contest is against the Conyers Rockets, on July 9th in Greenville SC.
Second year players, Aubany Thomas, Kristen Dickerson and first year additions Shantae Robinson, Chelsey Johnson, Kim Roach, Kelly Stewart and Shiranda Jeter, have brought some pride to the Upstate of SC.
“Winning 2 region games has helped us move from the bottom, into a tie for 2nd place with I-26 rival the Capital City Cougars. As we move into the last stretch of the season, First year players Christina DeWitt, Mikala Scott, and Cee Hunter will be back and healthy for the WBCBL Atlantic Regional tournament run. Finishing at the line, playing tough team defense, and staying together is what makes the silver and black HOOP PHI STRONG!”
Evans, GA, June 28, 2016–Fans flooded into Evans High School gymnasium with their pink shirts and pink Georgia Soul paraphernalia this past Sunday for the Georgia Soul’s Breast Cancer Awareness Day game.
The team circled to the court against the Carolina Lady Rush with their special pink uniforms, sponsored by Dr. Tyjuan Williams and One Smile Away Dentistry. The ladies of the Georgia Soul ended the first half with a 3-point lead. Owner Ernesia Wright, began the special Breast Cancer Awareness half-time tribute to survivors, which included Erika Stokes (Evans, GA native) former Lakeside athlete and leading scorer, who won her battle against Breast Cancer.
After playing for South Carolina State University and graduating with honors, Ms. Erika Stokes traveled to play semi-professional basketball, but began to get home sick. At the age of 25, she saw a need to give back to the community and began the first women’s semi-professional basketball team in Augusta, GA known as the Lady Blaze. Georgia Soul owner, Ernesia Wright was a member on the team and became the first player to receive a contract to play professionally overseas.
At the age of 31, Ms. Stokes found a lump in one of her breast while conducting a self-examination. The doctors confirmed her fear and she given a diagnosis of an aggressive stage 2-A Hormone Positive Breast Cancer in March of 2012. There were rounds of surgery and chemotherapy. She is very thankful to still be alive today. “I had to put aside negative thoughts and trust the path that God placed before me. I am blessed and thankful to be alive today and four (4) years cancer free!” said breast cancer survivor Erika Stokes. The presentation ended with the ladies of the Georgia Soul giving special gifts to Ms. Stokes and other breast cancer survivors from the audience, to include male survivor, Mr. Cecil Herrin.
The pink power-packed game ended with Carolina Lady Rush on top 88-76. The Georgia Soul may have lost the battle against the Lady Rush but were victorious in being graced with survivors for the breast cancer awareness day. The Georgia Soul still continues to soar through their first season with a 5-0 record in their region and a 6-3 record overall in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League.
For more information on the Georgia Soul, the game schedule, and purchasing tickets, visit www.georgiasoulbasketball.com.
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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Ernesia Wright at (706) 755-8059 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view highlights from Sunday’s game, visit https://youtu.be/k6H_pOyF9hQ.