Three friends have coordinated their sports and event management experience to host the first-ever “Unity in the Community” back-to-school celebration in Austell, GA. Portia Benbow, Christina Granville, and Renee Montgomery pooled their talents and contact networks to put the event together for the South Cobb community.
It all started when Ms. Granville’s foundation, I Hoop Too, was looking for something to replace their annual summer basketball camp. WNBA player and point guard for the Atlanta Dream, Renee Montgomery, also got involved with her own foundation.
“Christina ‘Ms. Basketball’ Granville wasn’t able to do the basketball camp due to COVID-19,” explained Ms. Benbow, “so she wanted to do a different kind of community event instead. I plan events related to sports and suggested we consider a back-to-school event.”
“Once we came up with the idea,” she continued, “we teamed up with another colleague of ours, Renee Montgomery, and her foundation. Both are youth foundations so it fit perfectly. In order to mitigate COVID-19, we decided to make it a drive-thru event.”
In addition to the foundations and Ms. Benbow’s company (SportOps Event Management), many local businesses, individuals, and other organizations are contributing items and time to Unity in the Community.
The drive-thru event will be held on Saturday, August 1 from 10-1 PM at the Riverside EpiCenter. Click here for more information and to get involved.