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April 5, 2008

Albany -- You might have noticed quite a few young cats in the crowd Saturday night during the South Georgia Wildcats home opener.

200 students from Albany Middle and Dougherty International Middle Schools cheered the Wildcats as part of the United Way "Cats for Kids" Night.

The children started off the night tail gating. The also met the Wildcat players before the game. The students were chosen based on their attendance, positive behavior and grade improvement.

"What we've done is show them the hard work and education component of being successful. So we are teaching them that and talking to the kids about education, hard work and about how important school is to their future," said United Way of Southwest Georgia President, Dwayne Myles.

Cats for Kids is a collaborative project of the United Way of Southwest Georgia, the Dougherty County School system, and the South Georgia Wildcats.

One hundred kids from each of the six middle schools will attend home games throughout the 2008 season.

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