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Clark Atlanta University Student and Chicago Native Returns Home Amid Violent Streak To Give Hope To Youngsters

Posted on Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Marcel Martin (Photo Credit: Damon L. Thomas)


Contact: Mario Boone

ATLANTA (SEPT. 7, 2016)    As Clark Atlanta University (CAU) heads to Chicago Saturday, Sept. 10, to play in the 19th Annual Chicago Football Classic, a busload of CAU students will be there to cheer them on.  One of those students is senior biology major Marcel Martin.  The Rich South High graduate is going back home for the pomp and circumstance of the Classic and associated festivities, as well as to encourage local high school students to sidestep violence plaguing the city and join him at CAU.  Martin has an impressive resume to back up his appeal to the youngsters.  He is active in the Illinois and Biology clubs and he boasts a high GPA.  In addition to that, he’s well known and highly respected among his peers and professors.

“When I first heard Clark Atlanta would be playing in the Chicago Football Classic I instantly got excited,” said Martin, “because the Classic is a big deal in Chicago.”  While at the Classic Martin will represent CAU on a high school tour in the city.  Along the way he will share his experiences here at CAU and his plans for the future after graduation.

Conversely, he plans to serve as an unofficial Chicago tour guide for his CAU classmates making the trip with him. “Most of my close friends have never been to Chicago, so it honestly feels great to be able to represent my city,” he shared.  Martin said one of the first tips he’ll share with friends is when to visit.  “I always remind them to make sure they visit during the summer,” he remarked, referring to Chicago’s frigid winters. 

Beyond his ambassador duties for his hometown and CAU, Martin plans to relive his glory days as a Rich South marching band member. “I remember I would go to the Classic every year with the band,” he recalled, “and we would compete right before the Classic.” He is also looking forward to spending time with his parents and two brothers.

As for the future, the sky is definitely the limit for Martin post-graduation.  He plans to turn his biology degree into a career as a physical therapist.  He is also eyeing a doctor of physical therapy program, then crossing over into sports medicine.  Martin said his success is thanks to his parents who kept him and his brothers active in band, sports and schoolwork; and the many lessons he has learned during his four years at CAU.  “Growing up, I always had a passion for helping people, which is one of the many reasons why I chose this career field,” Martin explained.

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