Roneeka Hodges Joins ACCESS Charter School For Girls Board

SAN ANTONIO San Antonio Silver Stars guard Roneeka Hodges has signed on to serve as a board member for the ACCESS Charter School for Girls in New Orleans, La.

“Serving on this board will be a great opportunity for me to give back to the community where I was born and raised,” Hodges said. “I will be able to pass on some of my knowledge and experiences to give young girls hope, chances to learn and help them see things differently than they probably think they ever can.”

Hodges and twin sister Doneeka Hodges-Lewis, fondly known as “the twins” in their New Orleans neighborhood, took the initial step of reaching out to the Educated Change Foundation and committing themselves to assisting with the development and oversight of the ACCESS Charter School for Girls.

(The Hodges twins) have recognized the circumstances that many girls encounter are not superficial in a city infested with crime, poverty and alarming illiteracy rates,” Vice President and Corporate Partner of the ACCESS Charter School for Girls Dr. Camacia Smith-Ross said. “They acknowledge it is time for them to accept the challenge by reaching back and empowering other girls. Understanding their roles and responsibilities as board members of this unique charter school is vital to its success and they have committed to doing their part.”

Established by the Educated Change Foundation, the ACCESS Charter School for Girls will serve grades three through six. The ACCESS mission is to successfully equip its students with an academic skill set supported with enrichment opportunities that will prepare them to succeed throughout the remainder of their academic career. Through its unique learning environment, ACCESS will empower girls by affording them quality education, allowing them to realize their full potential and contribute to transforming societies.

The Educated Change Foundation was established by an educator in an effort to address the educational needs of students in the city of New Orleans and across the country. Its goal is to provide support to schools to ensure effective oversight for educational and operational management, reducing the overwhelming number of academic distractions.

In her second season with the Silver Stars, Hodges led the WNBA in 3-point field goals per 40 minutes (4.7) while leading the Silver Stars in free throw percentage (100.0) and ranking second in 3-point field goal percentage (40.0). She averaged 3.9 points per game with 1.3 rebounds in 29 games played, including five starts. She is currently spending the 2011-12 offseason with Istanbul Univertesi of the Turkish League.