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Jolley awarded elite honors
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Rachael Jolley, a Covington native and graduate of Young Americans Christian School in Conyers, was recently selected as a 2008 Amateur Athlete Role Model Nominee at the Peach of an Athlete Role Model Banquet.

It is a prestigious award presented by The Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts of America to collegiate athletes who demonstrate excellence in the classroom, on the court/field and in the community.

An accounting major who holds a perfect 4.0 GPA in her senior year at North Georgia College and State University, Jolley, a member of the NCAA Division II Peach Belt All-Academic Team, is a standout basketball player who served as one of three captains on the 2007-2008 team.

She is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Delta Mu Delta, Omicron Delta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma.

As part of a mission team from Haven Fellowship Church, Jolley has traveled to Hungary over the past two summers to teach English as a second language to gypsies. She enjoys serving as a volunteer for the Empty Stocking Fund, Rockdale Cares and the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

Additionally, Jolley participates in VITA (Volunteer Income tax Assistance) and the Haunted House of Hoops, a free basketball clinic in Dahlonega.


The Covington Family YMCA annual Cheerios Challenge, which includes the 10K and 5K Road Race, plus a 1 Mile Fun Run, will be held on April 19.

The 10K begins at 7:45 a.m., while the 1 Mile Fun Run starts at 9 a.m. followed by the 5K at 9:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is $15 by next Friday, while race day registration is $20.

Awards will be given in each standard age group at the end of each race. In addition, there will be a $100 cash prize awarded to the first male and female to break the course record in the 10K and 5K.

For further information, call the Covington YMCA at (770) 787-3908, visit the Web site at or complete the online registration at


The Oxford College Athletics Golf Classic will be held at 1 p.m. (shotgun start) on April 21 at The Oaks Course.

The event is dedicated to the 2007 National Champion Oxford men's tennis team.

The format is four-person scramble, and the cost is $90 per golfer. In addition, there will be several contests (putting, longest drive and closest to pin), including lunch, dinner and a prize raffle.

All proceeds will directly benefit the Oxford College Athletics Department.

For more information or to help sponsor the event, call Jim Robbins, women's soccer coach, at (770) 784-4672.

Compiled by sports editor Jason Murdock