Agreement Brings Brian Jordan Foundation Program To Bartow County
The Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and Professional Development is slated to open in March 2016…
Georgia (Jul 30, 2015) — The Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and Professional Development is slated to open in March 2016 at the LakePoint Sporting Community.
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A new partnership between Kennesaw State University, The Brian Jordan Foundation and LakePoint Sporting Community will work to promote healthier living for children and youth through the creation of The Brian Jordan Center for Excellence and Professional Development.
Under a memorandum of understanding signed in early July, the partners have agreed to create the non-profit center to foster national and international education, research, training and programs that provide health benefits for children, youth and young adults through sports and recreation.
Among its objectives will be professionally enhancing the knowledge and experiences of future and existing coaches, referees, administrators and medical personnel working in the area of sport and recreation.
“This agreement provides a unique opportunity for Kennesaw State to make an impact on health education efforts in the community and beyond,” said Daniel S. Papp, president of Kennesaw State University. “We look forward to building a strong relationship with The Brian Jordan Foundation and LakePoint in developing this program.”
The Center, which is expected to open in March 2016, is a program of the Brian Jordan Foundation and affiliated with Kennesaw State’s WellStar College of Health and Human Services’ Department of Exercise Science and Sports Management.
It will be housed at the LakePoint Sporting Community in Emerson.
“This partnership with The Brian Jordan foundation will further the LakePoint mission of making the world of sport a safer and better place,” said LakePoint CEO Earl Ehrhart, who also serves as a state representative in Cobb County. “We are excited about the opportunities to work together on this great mission.”
Co-branded as an Engaged KSU Community Partner, the Center will also benefit young adults and homeless families by increasing their knowledge and access to the sport and recreation industries. The new Center is part of a longtime dream of Brian Jordan, a former All-Star player with the Atlanta Braves and an All-Pro selection with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jordan, who founded the Brian Jordan Foundation in 1998, said this Center will help him expand his goal to provide young people with positive alternatives by creating programs and building places where they can develop to their full potential.
“I have dreamed of creating a sports complex where we could have baseball camps for underprivileged children and youth that would also provide the tools that children need to help them grow into confident adults,” said Jordan. “This Center will enable us to do just that and I am honored to be working with Kennesaw State and LakePoint to help make this dream a reality.”
Jimmy Calloway, Kennesaw State professor of sports management and a member of the Brian Jordan Foundation Board of Directors, will be coordinating activities between the three entities to help launch the Center’s activities. He will also be working on community outreach to help raise funds specifically to support the facility and provide opportunities for students from Kennesaw State.
A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its more than 41,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia and the second-largest university in the state. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the region and from 126 countries across the globe. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit kennesaw.edu.