HAWKS SURPRISE DESERVING STUDENTS AT SOUTH GWINNETT HIGH SCHOOL

Lou Williams Brings Teammates to His Alma Mater for Surprise Pep Rally and Open Practice

ATLANTA (October 23, 2012) -- The Atlanta Hawks, Hawks Cheerleaders and Harry the Hawk surprised over 1,500 students today at South Gwinnett High School with an open practice. Students and teachers from the high school and neighboring Britt Elementary School were invited to attend an academic rally to celebrate their high achievement during this school year when Principal Eric Thigpen and South Gwinnett alum and new Hawks guard Lou Williams announced the Hawks were taking over.

‘The Voice of the Hawks’ Steve Holman, Harry the Hawk and the Hawks Cheerleaders entertained the crowd, giving out rally towels and performing dance routines as Head Coach Larry Drew took the team through practice before closing with a special scrimmage just for those in attendance.

Williams starred at South Gwinnett High School where he was a four-time All-State Selection (2001-05) and earned Georgia’s “Mr. Basketball” award as both a junior and senior (2004-05). As a junior, he led the team to a 5A state championship.

The Hawks open the regular season at Philips Arena on Friday, Nov. 2nd at 7:30 p.m. versus the Houston Rockets.

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