Posted October 29, 2002 Atlanta
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Contact Matthew Nagel
Members of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board at the Georgia Institute of Technology will sponsor a toy drive at the Yellow Jackets' Nov. 9 football game against Florida State University.
The toy drive will be held in memory of the late Michael Isenhour, the former Georgia Tech basketball player and Student-Athlete Advisory Board member who died in June following a nine-month battle with leukemia.
Despite his illness, Isenhour spearheaded this past year's toy drive, which benefited families that lost loved ones during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. In honor of Isenhour, the Student-Athlete Advisory Board this year chose to make the toy drive an annual event to benefit children affected by cancer.
"Mike was an inspiration to everyone at Georgia Tech for his courageous battle with cancer, and we hope to honor his memory, as well as give back to the community, by continuing the toy drive that he started," said Robert Brooks II, Isenhour's teammate and the basketball team representative on the Student-Athlete Advisory Board.
Toys will be donated to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta and to Ronald McDonald House. Fans attending the Tech-Florida State game are asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy with them. Collection bins will be available at all gates into Bobby Dodd Stadium.
"The charities receiving the toys have requested that fans donate items that promote positive, non-violent fun," Brooks said. He added that each fan who donates a toy will receive a coupon redeemable for a $5 ticket to the men's basketball season-opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 2:30 p.m. Nov. 23 at Alexander Memorial Coliseum.
Isenhour, 23, died June 13, 2002. He played Division I basketball while on a full scholarship to Georgia Tech and graduated from the Institute in December 2001 with a degree in mechanical engineering.
Also contact Rob Skinner, staff adviser for the Student-Athlete Advisory Board and director of sports nutrition for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association, (404) 894-1069 or email@example.com.