Billy Mims took a couple of important messages and a group of basketball team members to local schools in October. They met with more than 110 third graders at Saturn Elementary School and over 135 pre-K through 6th grade students at St. Mark’s Episcopal Academy—both in Cocoa. Mims shared his “Read to Succeed” program, which he implemented when a coach in London, England, and gave students new Scholastic Reader books to help prepare for the FCAT exam. Books were donated by Kathy Pearce ’02 Psy.D. who works at Brevard Psychology and Learning Center. Mims and his players reinforced their message, “RTS” – Read to Succeed.
Also in October Mims and the team took their “Slam Dunk Smoking” program to older elementary school students as part of Brevard County’s Red Ribbon Month. Their visit highlighted a “Just Say No” to drugs message. They addressed children in grades 3-6 about the harmful effects of smoking.
“Again, we finish by asking the children to remember three important letters, this time, “SDS, Slam Dunk Smoking!” said Mims.