Last night the Atlanta Hawks teamed up with United Way to present the Atlanta Hawks Poetry Slam at the Hard Rock Cafe Atlanta.
The contest pitted 14 Atlanta area high schoolers against each other as they shared poems based on the theme of the night, “Live United.”
All the contestants put forth a great effort but at the end of the night Kayla Tremble of Druid Hills High School walked away with the grand prize of a laptop. She is also set to preform during the Hawks’ annual Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday game on January 17 as the Hawks take on the Sacramento Kings.
Tremble presented her poem, “Segue,” with an undeniable swagger that stole the show.
Pebblebrook High School featured two of the competition’s stand outs. Aaron Small confidently performed his poem, “Epitome of Success,” to earn the runner-up prize—a 32” flat screen television and an autographed basketball. Shamarria Brooks finished third with her poem “Unification of a Broken Nation,” earning a digital camera and an autographed picture.
Atlanta Hawks Center Etan Thomas showed a different side at the event. Not only did he serve as a judge for the competition but he also took to the stage to perform a piece entitled “Haters.” Thomas encouraged the kids to keep writing and reflected on his childhood which was filled with writing.
Thomas even said he was a member of the speech and debate team in high school.
“I always got a pass because I played ball,” Thomas joked.
Thomas took time to chat with HOOPSADDICT.com before the contest started: