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Gannon hosts inaugural “Goals for Life” with Strong Vincent Middle School

Students and teachers from Strong Vincent Middle Schools packed the Hammermill alongside Gannon community to cheer Gannon women's basketball to victory.

Students and teachers from Strong Vincent Middle Schools packed the Hammermill alongside Gannon community to cheer Gannon women's basketball to victory.

More than 700 teachers and students from Strong Vincent Middle School in addition to Gannon community members attended the university’s inaugural “Goals for Life,” which was hosted on campus today. 

Gannon Head Women’s Basketball Coach Cleve Wright designed the event in partnership with the university’s Erie-GAINS strategic partner, Strong Vincent Middle School, a United Way community school. 

“Goals for Life” is an initiative to help better the neighborhood and community while giving students an educational and recreational experience outside the classroom.

Students who participated were instilled with a number of values - including leadership, goal-setting, grit, preparedness and team work, among others - during the morning’s break-out sessions. 

Eighth-grade students were treated to specifically designed educational sessions and campus tours led by Tom Camillo, director of Undergraduate Admissions at Gannon, along with staff in the same department. 

Seventh-grade students took “grit” to a new level through group activities planned by the Gannon University School of Education, creating tableaus with the help of Gannon education students, student-athletes and Coach Wright.

Sixth-grade students were engaged in a panel discussion led by Erie Police Sgt. Tom Lenox ’98. The panel featured Gannon students and staff who spoke on their journey into leadership and why being a leader doesn’t require a title or position. 

Gannon Metz staff member Chante Woodard shared her keys to leadership success during the panel. 

"I have always been a leader. I make my own decisions, I follow my own mind, and I be what I want to be. You set yourself around people (who) are positive... who will make you be somebody. I go with the flow, set goals for myself, surround myself with positive people. I'm very involved in my church and this community,” Woodard said.

The Gannon University vs. Wheeling University women’s basketball game concluded the day’s events. Strong Vincent Middle School faculty and students and members of the Gannon community cheered on the Golden Knights as they pulled in a victorious 69-63 win.

Wright intends for this to be a repeat event in years to come, and we look forward to welcoming our youth and community back to campus again. 

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