The Georgetown University Athletics Department, along with DC Public Schools (DCPS), has announced that Georgetown Hoyas Achievement Program, which will provide opportunities for students at schools in the nation’s capital to attend upcoming men’s basketball games, will continue for the 2017-18 season.
The games that are in this promotion include Georgetown’s game against North Carolina A&T on Saturday, Dec. 9 (12 p.m.), against Alabama A&M on Saturday, Dec 23. (12 p.m.), against Creighton on Saturday, Jan. 6 (12 p.m.), against St. John’s on Saturday, Jan. 20 (12 p.m.) and against Providence on Saturday, Feb. 24 (12 p.m.).
This promotion will grant two tickets per certificate for students who are enrolled in the eighth grade and below.
“We are very excited to partner with DC Public Schools for this program,” Georgetown Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs Dan O’Neil said. “Georgetown University has a strong tradition of service in the community and we hope that program will benefit the DC Public Schools and its students.”
Schools will award certificates based on a variety of factors, including academic achievement, acknowledging students who demonstrate excellent or improved attendance; scheduling special events and awards; and recognizing students and schools that demonstrate progress in reducing student absenteeism or tardiness.
“Attending school on time every day is fundamental to a child’s social, academic, and emotional development. We strive to give our students access to an education in a learning environment where every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence society and thrive in life.” Director of Attendance and Support Services Andrea Allen said. “We value and appreciate all partners who support DCPS’ attendance work.”
DC Public Schools is committed to reducing student truancy and increasing in-seat attendance (the measure that shows how many students are physically present on any given day). Reducing empty seats, due to absences, is a major area of focus for DCPS because students can only learn if they are at school and in their seats. DCPS saw an increase in its in-seat attendance between School Years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. To curtail chronic absenteeism, DCPS identifies the root causes of absenteeism and provides extra support to students who are chronically absent from school.
Certificates can be redeemed for tickets on the day of the game at the Capital One Arena Will Call Window 7. Tickets will not be distributed in advance, but there will be opportunities for families to purchase additional tickets at the window when they claim their complimentary tickets.
This program is not limited to DCPS. For information on how your school can participate in the Georgetown Hoyas Achievement Program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.