Gladiators begin charity program

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators recently presented the Light the Lamp charitable fundraising program to raise money for North Metro Atlanta Area charities served by the Gladiators Foundation for Kids. Through the program, fans and corporate partners pledge a monetary donation for each home goal the Gladiators score during the 2005 - 2006 season.

Peggy Slappey Properties has agreed to kick off the program through a donation of $50 for each goal the Gladiators score at home during the season. The Gladiators, in their third season of play, have generally been among the league leaders in total goals scored as well as home goals scored. Last year, including the postseason, the Gladiators scored 147 goals at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The Light the Lamp Program allows both businesses and individuals to pledge. The program has been set up to encourage fans of all ages to join in as donations of every financial level will be accepted beginning at only 25 cents per home goal scored.

Sign up for the program on line at www.gwinnettgladiators.com. Light the Lamp pledge sheets will be available at the Gladiators Customer Service Booth at each home game. Fans may join the program at any point during the season as all pledges will be retroactive to the Gladiators first home game.

American Cancer Society recognizes Gwinnett County Relay For Life

DULUTH - The American Cancer Society presented the Gwinnett County Relay For Life with numerous awards at Relay University hosted at the Gwinnett Marriott, including the prestigious Gordy Klatt Award for the most monies raised in a National Relay For Life event in 2005.

The Gwinnett Relay's total contribution of $2,216,021 leads the way not only in the nation, but in the world. Gwinnett County's Relay has been the foremost fundraiser internationally for several years running. In all, 4,350 Relays For Life held throughout the United States in 2005 raised $351 million for the fight against cancer.

In addition to leading the way in terms of fundraising, the Gwinnett Relay received nearly a dozen National, Division and State awards for highest per capita ($3.21) and largest cancer survivor participation (1,716) in its population group, as well as being named the Best Online Relay for the $104,000 collected over the Internet.

The American Cancer Society recognized the outstanding support of the 95 percent of Gwinnett County public schools who participate in the annual event. Norcross High School's team received an honor for the highest school increase of monies raised in the state of Georgia, a 36 percent increase over last year for a total contribution of $60,250. Scientific America also received honors for their ongoing corporate commitment and enormous support to the event.

Information about how to form a team or become involved in the Gwinnett Relay For Life is available from the American Cancer Society at 770-814-0123

Chess players

garner top honors

DULUTH - Top scholastic chess players from around the state gathered at the Georgia State K-12 Scholastic Championship at the Cobb County Civic Center in October. More than 250 students competed in this Georgia Chess Association event where players only challenge students in their own grade level. A champion is crowned in 13 grades.

Duluth's Mason Elementary School kindergartner Kevin Jin won the state championship, and five other Mason students finished in ties for second.

Other top-finishing Gwinnett students include, from Mason Elementary, Pedro Solares and Benjamin Moon, tied for second in the second-grade category; Justin Swaby and Matthew Torrance, third grade, tied for second; Joseph Moon, fifth grade, tied for second; and Duluth sixth-grader Boris Xu, tied for second; and, from Greater Atlanta Christian School, Clayton Williams, sixth grade, tied for second.

For more information on children's chess, visit www. GeorgiaChess.org, www.KidChess.com, or call Kid Chess Place at 770-575-5802.

Gwinnett Gab appears in the Thursday and Sunday editions of the Gwinnett Daily Post.