Mike Sizemore is a humble ambassador spreading his goodwill around the globe, one child at a time. The medical case management business owner has plenty of interaction with elderly residents around the state of Georgia in need of personalized care, but he recently experienced caregiving on another level during a mission trip to Swaziland, Africa. Sizemore and his son, Scott, joined members from their church in Augusta, Ga. as well as members of Children’s Hope Chest, a nationwide mission organization based out of Colorado, in distributing shoes to orphans in the impoverished country that has been ravaged by poverty and AIDS.
“This was a chance to be the hands and feet of Christ, and it’s hard to forget an opportunity like that,” Sizemore said, describing the moving experience. He and his son were based in one of the 27 Care Points located throughout the countryside, and two times each day, the pair would watch small orphans walk there to be fed. After a meal, the Sizemores would place each child on a bench, wash their feet and put new socks and shoes on them. In fact, the father and son collected and purchased more than 350 pairs of shoes for the trip, and the photo above shows them with some of the children that hold a special place in their hearts.
Although Sizemore’s True Blue spirit and compassion for his fellow man has traveled beyond the borders of Georgia, the Georgia Southern University alumnus maintains many fond memories of his alma mater. As the first member of his family to attend and graduate from college, Sizemore was a public recreation major, and he created the first set of canoe races for Greek organizations held at Lake Ruby for various Greek organizations. “I ran the student intramural programs for softball, basketball and football for the last year-and-half as an undergraduate at Georgia Southern,” he recalled.
“These were the best years that a college student could have. It’s very similar to how things are today – professors know you, and you establish relationships with them that continue through the years,” he said. One of those friendships, said Sizemore, is one that he shares with Frank Hook, one of his former recreation professors, currently the senior director of alumni relations and annual giving.
After graduation, the Evans, Ga., resident worked in the employment industry for more than 32 years. Three years ago, Sizemore took that employment expertise, and together with his wife Connie, a registered nurse, launched their firm, Sabea LLC, which works with senior adults in 14 counties across the state. The business provides patients with personalized in-home care services, eliminating the need for them to live in nursing homes.
Sizemore’s continued involvement with the University remains strong. The Southern Boosters charter member is proud to count his oldest son, Mike, Jr., a recent summa cum laude graduate of the College of Business Administration, and youngest son Matt, a sixth grader, is a future Eagle in the making.