Friday, October 9, 2015

Former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas Motivates Students at Chesnut Charter Elementary School “Chesnut Challenge” Pep Rally

DUNWOODY, October 9, 2015 -- Chesnut Charter Elementary School’s 450 Pre-K through fifth grade students welcomed former Harlem Globetrotter Michael Douglas to the gymnasium of the Dunwoody school on Thursday October 8 for the second annual Chesnut Challenge fundraiser pep rally. In support of “Be Your Own Hero,” this year’s Chesnut Challenge theme, the basketball legend delivered a message of “If it’s going to be, it’s up to me,” about setting goals and taking it upon yourself to become a success. He also wowed the crowd with some showmanship. Emory University cheerleaders also volunteered their time to cheer on the students. 

            The Chesnut Challenge is Chesnut ‘s largest fundraiser of the year. Produced entirely by parent volunteers, all of the proceeds go back into the school through Friends of Chesnut, the public school's 501(c)3 foundation. This year, the Chesnut Challenge is raising funds for continued educational, enrichment and facility enhancements. The school’s Parent Teacher Council plans to allocate funds raised toward a part-time Spanish teacher for weekly instruction, upgrade the surface of its track, and facilitate school-wide usage of its outdoor classrooms with new grade-level math and science curriculum and signage. Over the next two weeks, the students will continue to raise donations for their participation in the Chesnut Challenge, a "fun run"-style event on school grounds.

            Michael Douglas, the 1986 top pick for the Harlem Globetrotters, toured with the team from 1986 through 1993. Following his retirement, Mr. Douglas established Harlem Legends as part of the Michael Douglas Youth Foundation. As the 7th Showman in the almost 90-year history of the Harlem Globetrotters (following in the footsteps of Meadowlark Lemon), he has traveled to more than 100 countries entertaining crowds, sharing a positive attitude and embracing diversity. Mr. Douglas has entertained audiences from 100,000 in North America to an audience of one with the Pope at the Vatican. He has also performed for the Queen of England, Kings of Africa, and Mother Teresa, among others.
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