USA TODAY: College athletes use sports to teach kids about AIDS

March Madness may have already come and gone, but there is still an opportunity to cheer on (and support!) several student athletes who’ve teamed up for an important cause.


Tyler Spencer, a former athlete on the Georgetown University rowing team, created Grassroot Project, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness program targeted to D.C. area youth. Rather than a traditional classroom setting, Spencer, who was a college student at the time, gathered his fellow athletes and took the course to the field where through a unique game dodge ball, their participants learn about the disease. The goal? To provide kids with the tools and information they need to protect them from HIV, which affects 1 inĀ 20 D.C. area residents.

So, what inspired sports as the basis for the program? Continue Reading