University of Georgia starting quarterback Greyson Lambert stopped by Ludowici Tuesday to read to kids at the Long County Library.
Lambert dropped in to help kick off registration for the library’s summer reading program. About 30 kids were on hand to listen to the Georgia player, who read “The Magician’s Hat.” He told the children the book was written by his friend and former teammate Malcom Mitchell.
Lambert also took time to talk about the upcoming football season. He said he and the other Bulldogs report for summer conditioning on Wednesday. He said there had been some changes in coach Kirby Smart’s first year, but not anything major.
“Culturally, there is not a big difference,” Lambert said. “It’s still Georgia football. Coach (Mark) Richt laid the groundwork for a successful program. Coach Smart has just come in and put his spin on each area. He’s more involved with every aspect and every position. Coach Smart’s theme for all of us has been to attack the day, work as hard as you can to magoals are always high, and that this year is no exception.
“Our team goals are always to get to the SEC championship game,” he said. “We haven’t won it since 2005, and obviously that is always a goal. Georgia hasn’t won a national title in a long time either, and to win a championship is something we always are looking to do.”
Lambert enters his final year as a Bulldog. He said personal goals parallel the team’s.
“My individual goals are to do whatever I can to help our team be successful,” Lambert said.
After reading Tuesday, Lambert signed autographs for the kids and their parents and grandparents. He said he loves working with kids.
“I love it,” he said. “Any chance I get to give back a little. I remember growing up and if I saw one of my favorite players, I wanted to be just like them. If I can have a positive influence on some of these kids, I’m going to do what I can.”
Lambert said he was glad to help with the program.
“Reading is everything when it comes to academic success,” he said. “When I was growing up, I loved to read. It has helped me in all areas of my life — with my writing, how I speak, everything. I know from firsthand experience when I was working on my major I had a lot of papers to do, and having good reading comprehension was crucial in me making good grades.”
In addition to stressing the importance of reading, Lambert told the kids to strive to make good grades, listen to their teachers and parents, and follow their dreams, no matter what they might be.
Librarian Tammy Goober said she appreciated Lambert coming.
“I’m so thankful to Greyson for coming out for our registration, but I want to also encourage everyone to keep taking part in the fun. We start on June 2 with the “Lew-E’s Read Olympics” and we have something every week through June 30,” she said.