Dental students ball to raise money for local school’s dental science program

The crowd was all smiles on Jan. 28 for the Augusta University Student National Dental Association’s first annual basketball tournament to benefit AR Johnson Magnet School’s Essentials of Dental Science Program.

Students, faculty and staff from AR Johnson and The Dental College of Georgia community participated in the tournament, raising more than $1,500. The money raised will allow SNDA to purchase new equipment, furniture and supplies for AR Johnson’s dental lab. The lab gives high school students the opportunity to be exposed to the dental field in hopes of gaining more applications for dental assisting, dental hygiene and dental school programs.

The SNDA is a national organization dedicated to promoting and increasing minority enrollment and retention in dental schools across the U.S. The SNDA is also committed to improving delivery of dental health to all people with an emphasis on minority communities and the medically underserved.

Special thanks to tournament winners and second-year DCG students Jackson Griffeth, Carlisle Vason and Kevin Shepherd.

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