ATLANTA - For the second year in a row, Georgia State athletics partnered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta to host local children and their mentors for a day of fun with Panther student-athletes Saturday at the Sports Arena.

The event was originally scheduled to take place at Panthersville prior to the Georgia State men's soccer match but was moved indoors to the Sports Arena due to wet field conditions, but the change in venue did not dampen the fun.

More than 1,500 Big and Little Brothers and Big Sisters attended the event. Georgia State student-athletes from all sports were on hand to entertain the children, who enjoyed carnival games, inflatables, dance lessons, autographs and more.

"Georgia State and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta have a really strong partnership, and Georgia State athletics is a big part of that," said Patrick Ouzts, Director of Program Development for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Atlanta.

"We serve almost 3,000 youth in the Atlanta area, and today is about celebrating the mentoring and enrichment that takes place all year long. The Littles really enjoy interacting with the athletes, and we appreciate Georgia State athletics for helping to make this happen."

Under the leadership of Director of Athletics Cheryl L. Levick, Georgia State student-athletes will do more than 3,000 hours of community service during the 2009-10 year. Other recent projects by the Panthers include the CAA Blood Challenge, National Day of Play, MS Society Bike Atlanta and the Georgia State Community Plunge.