The Benefits of the Braves Buddies Program for the Pembroke Community

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Samantha DeBusk (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke (UNCP )
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Abstract: The Braves Buddies program was developed to promote literacy in Robeson County, which faces educational deficits. UNCP Athletics sends student-athletes to Pembroke Elementary to work with the children and motivate them to learn and stay in school. Braves Buddies provides the elementary school kids with role models in the local area. Video interviews were conducted to learn how this program benefits everyone involved. UNCP Athletic Director, Dick Christy, shared about how the project was started and the vision behind giving back to the local community. Traci Brooks from Pembroke Elementary told how the program helps her as a teacher and her students. Student athletes, Amanda Hamrin and Delsin Burkhart, explained how important it is to show the kids that an education is crucial and that to become a student-athlete you have to succeed in the classroom first.

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Honors Project
Esther G. Maynor Honors College
Language: English
Date: 2021
Braves Buddies, Robeson County, Athletics, Student-athletes, Pembroke Elementary, Christy, Dick, Brooks, Traci, Hamrin, Amanda, Burkhart, Delsin,

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