ATLANTA, Ga. - The Georgia State track and field program spent last Saturday (September 12) volunteering as part of the IronKids National Triathlon Series.

The teams split up into two groups and served as race volunteers for the biking and running events. The student-athletes would line the course and encourage the participants while directing them on where to go.

"It was a different experience for the entire team," said head coach Eric Campbell. "We were all surprised that events like this exist. The determination of these kids was very motivational for me and the team. It is something we will remember for a long time."

Georgia State student-athletes in all sports are committed to making a difference and giving back to the community. Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick has established a department-wide goal of 3,000 hours of community service by GSU student-athletes during the 2009-10 year. Up next is the CAA Blood Challenge, Sept. 22 at the Georgia State Sports Arena. Click here for more information.

The IronKids' mission is to inspire and motivate youth through sports to lead an active, positive and healthy lifestyle. The national event series, targeting children ages six to 15-years-old, offers an interactive weekend experience for the entire family.

The goal of the IronKids Series is to host approximately 300-400 participants per event between the ages of six and 15 years old. Children will compete in age-appropriate distances with an emphasis on fitness, fun and safety.