What is Get in the Game?

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Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

On September 15, four words were floating around Page: Get in the Game. All athletes, even off-season players, were supposed to meet in the main stadium for a Get in the Game meeting, but many of these students were not sure what to expect., especially considering Page is the first public school to participate in this program.

According to founder Tom Walter, Get in the Game (GITG) “is a social justice curriculum and volunteer experience for middle and high school students with a mission to educate, empower, and inspire our students to take action in their homes, their schools, and in their communities.” Walter created the organization to promote change within communities so that students could be “comfortable in their own skin and see a world filled with endless possibilities.” In the Playbook, the official guide for teachers and coaches involved in the program, Walter claimed that one of the heroes of Get in the Game is Maya Angelou. IB English students, you know exactly who I’m talking about. For students who do not know of Maya Angelou, she was an African American actress, author, and teacher who received hundreds of awards and honors throughout her life for her literature and work for the betterment of humanity. Get in the Game was particularly inspired by her because her beliefs remind the organization that there is work to be done to “build a better tomorrow for the next generation.”

In GITG seminars, racism is the primary topic of discussion. However, other elements such as community service and bullying are brought into the conversation. At most meetings, there are discussion questions to get students talking about conversations that Walter and his organization believe to be of the utmost importance: What can society do to combat racism? Can you tell the difference between real news and fake news? What influence do movies have on us? What’s your dream for your community? Throughout the year, more information will be provided regarding how you can be involved in this organization.

Are you ready to change the game?

 

Photo Credits: GetintheGame.org