Two years ago, Georgia State University started a program called 40 Under 40 to honor individuals under the age of 40 who were making a difference for others. In the inaugural class, three graduates from the Department of Kinesiology and Health were selected: Desron Dorset, who works for the Philadelphia 76ers; Kevin White, deputy director of athletics at Northwestern University; and Darren Clay, who at the time was an assistant principal in a local school that was doing cutting-edge work with technology. Darren has since moved to the Georgia Department of Education, where he is the transformation leadership coordinator.
Kinesiology and Health alumni who have been submitted for consideration in this year’s 40 Under 40 class include Georgia State’s health and wellness coordinator; individuals who work for the Baltimore Ravens, Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Dream, Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl and Georgia State Athletics; and an adapted physical education teacher who was selected as a Teacher of the Year for the SHAPE America Southern District. We wish all of our nominees the best of luck in the selection process.
Many of our graduates have accomplished amazing things since leaving the university. The KH faculty is happy that they chose to earn their degrees from our department. We work hard to provide students with the tools they need for success in their future careers; looking at our alumni roster tells me that we are achieving our goal.
We hold high standards for our students and doing so helps them set a high bar for personal excellence. Best of luck to this year’s nominees for 40 Under 40 Award.