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Honoring Augusta Baseball Coach Jerry Hunter for caring about our inner city youth: W. K. Kellogg Foundation New Tools New Visions 2 (NTNV2) sponsored a youth baseball camp at Paine College with Jerry Hunter as coach

Honoring Augusta Coach Jerry Hunter for caring about inner city youth: W. K. Kellogg Foundation New Tools New Visions 2 (NTNV2) sponsor a youth baseball camp at Paine College

New Tools New Visions 2 (NTNV2) in Augusta, Georgia: Finding healthy outlets and activities for inner city youth and others facing social inequalities by addressing issues of environmental health, violence, health equity, and social justice

NTNV2 is a Paine College/Community Partnership funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

NTNV was the primary sponsor of a baseball camp for inner city youth in the summer of 2010 organized by amazing and outstanding Augusta Coach Jerry Hunter.
The Jerry Hunter Baseball Camp for middle school and elementary school kids included "inner city youth from Augusta area housing projects," said Rev. Terence A. Dicks, an Augusta activist and the NTNV2 Community Liaison and Steering Committee chair and New Tools for Healthy People 2020.

"We need more projects like the Coach Jerry Hunter's baseball camp for our children - to give them something to do" during the long, hot summers in Augusta, said Rev. Dicks, who is hoping to help start more projects for Augusta area youth because they are targets for greedy drug dealers and have too much time on their hands if not involved in extracurricular activities.

Coach Hunter "is a very enterprising young educator and a Paine College Alumni," Dicks said.

Coach Hunter was the boy's baseball coach (2007-2010) at Lucy C. Laney High School in Augusta and then became the celebrated head coach of the high school boy's basketball team - leading the team to its first class AA state championship in 2012.

"It's a Mother's Day gift to Miss Laney, from us," said the modest Wildcats coach Jerry Hunter in an interview with an Augusta newspaper following the March 11, 2012 state championship victory.

Coach Hunter was honoring the school's famous and beloved namesake:
Post Civil War African American Educator, Reformer, and Social Activist Lucy Craft Laney - who established a school for African American children in Augusta and was a huge inspiration to many of her students including (Mary McLeod Bethune) a future advisor to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR).

Coach Hunter stepped down as the school's basketball coach in 2013 to spend more time focusing on his family.

A 1997 Paine College graduate who lettered in basketball, Coach Hunter was a member of the 1994 basketball team that won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament.
In 2011, Coach Hunter's son LaTron (3rd base) became the first Wildcats baseball player to ever get a full athletic scholarship signing with Southern Union State Community College in Alabama.

Hoping his son's scholarship will encourage more youth to play baseball, Coach Hunter said LaTron showed Augusta athletes it's possible to earn a scholarship in sports other than basketball and football.

Hunter's three seasons as head basketball coach for Laney (77-15 record/84 percent success) included three Final Four appearances and the 2012 state championship.

Coach Jerry Hunter:
Paine College Class of '97 is among those honored in June 2012 by Augusta Sports Council

Lucy C. Laney High School

Educator, Reformer, Social Activist Lucy Craft Laney (April 13, 1854-October 24, 1933), an early African American educator who established a school for African American children in August, GA:

Coach Jerry Hunter

Laney Coach Jerry Hunter has stepped down as basketball coach March 18, 2013

Laney routs Manchester for its first state title
Laney 67, Manchester 53
Sunday, March 11, 2012

Team and Coach Jerry Hunter honored by city of Augusta after 2012 state championship victory

2012 stories in Augusta newspaper about student helped by coach Hunter
Problem child : Laney High star athlete overcomes odds to graduate - and gives praise to coach Jerry Hunter:
Fostering success: Laney star made home on basketball court

Jerry Hunter's students/players go on to acclaim:

New Tools New Visions 2 (NTNV2) in Augusta, Georgia:

NTNV2 is a Paine College/Community Partnership
Funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation

NTNV2 is a community collaborative organization built on Community Based Participatory Research principles

NTNV organizes Augusta churches in public, celebratory activities.
Pastors, Ministers and other Religious leaders can publicly commit their churches to the Annual Black Church Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS.

Encourage HIV/AIDS education, promoting HIV testing and organizing against stigma.

The group's intention to serve as a vehicle for increasing the level of public awareness in the Augusta Black church community.

NTNV 2 assessment by Dr. Kimberly M. Coleman, MPH
Consultant and paid contractor for the Kellogg Foundation
11-8-10 in Denver, CO
138th annual meeting of the American Public Health Association
"Lessons learned as a Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) technical assistance coordinator - partnered with four rural, African American Communities" in Albany, Augusta, Fort Valley, Savannah.

Dr. Kimberly M. Coleman, PHD, MPH, CHES
In 2008, she was awarded a $100,000 contract from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation as the Technical Assistance Coordinator for the "New Tools, New Visions 2" project

Albany State University:

Albany, Georgia Tools for Change, Inc.
P.O. Box 3841
Albany, GA 31706-3841

Danielle Blackwell, BA


NTNV2 Purposes:

Connect four rural GA communities surrounding Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) with faculty resources to develop a community-based participatory research (CBPR) infrastructure to address issues of environmental health, violence, health equity, and social justice.

NTNV2 Project Goals:

Help community residents to resolve identified problems, and create change in public policy, and quality of life using several public health-based strategies to engage community residents and partners with researchers and/or HBCUs to develop solutions for each targeted community's health issue among local residents

Community Grantees:

Four Southern Georgia community organizations were selected after submitting proposals to the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Harambee House, Inc. and Citizens for Environmental Justice

Kellogg Foundation

Participants define strategies to eliminate obstacles from and creating good policies for African Americans to develop healthy families.

Using the Healthy People 2020 objectives include dynamic interaction between building healthier family structures and eradicating obstacles to healthier Black families.

While myriad areas of health disparities will be addressed, special attention will be paid to four focus areas:
Violence as a public health issue


Mental Health Disparities

Under-utilization of Preventative Care

Presenters take a proactive stance in addressing critical matters corresponding to the creation of stronger Black Families and improved health conditions.
Presenters include outside experts and the Augusta community, Paine College faculty/students plus reps of the Medical College of Georgia health system.

NTNV2 Augusta is a partner of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of Minority Health's National Partnership for Action (NPA) to End Health Disparities, and a member of the national Healthy People 2020 Consortium.

More info:

Dr. Adeleri Onisegun
NTNV2 Project Director
Paine College Dept. of Psychology

Rev. Terence A. Dicks
NTNV2 Community Liaison
Chair, Steering Committee

United Methodist News Service story March 2008 by Linda Green

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