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Photo by Timothy Ramsey
Volunteers and recreation center employees congratulate a representative from W. R. Anderson for winning the overall trophy.
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There were two age groups for the kids; 6-8 and 9-12
There are plans to change the time and date of the
meet to enable more parents to be able to witness their
kids perform. This year many parents had to drop their
children off due to work obligations. Sherman wants to
hold it during evening hours so more parents are able to
Following the meet there was an awards ceremony
where the first, second and third place winners for each
event were given ribbons for their performances. W. R.
Anderson took home the overall team title for the meet
and somewhat ran away with the competition.
"The kids work so hard and the kids are very compet
itive, not only in sports but in academics as well. We just
have some very well rounded kids here," said Bryant
McCorkle of W. R. Anderson. I am very happy and proud
of the great effort these kids put forth."
Many of the recreation center directors and employees
hung around for the award announcements. Louis
Lowery It. of the 14th Street rec center was very happy for
"I thought it was exceptional and gave kids the oppor
tunity to really enjoy themselves," said Lowery. "The
city-wide competition helps these kids with their self
esteem and gives them a teachable moment to look back
upon. Most recreational center workers take pride in
teaching kids to compete and seeing them give their all
makes us proud."
There are plans to add a staff relay to the event to
include the rec workers. Sherman expects next year's
event to run much smoother.
Vic Johnson and his wife, Dr. Constance Johnson, have held the camp at W. R.
Anderson Recreation Center for 19 years and look forward to teaching more
kids the game of golf.
Both boys and girls participate? in the golf clinic at the recreation center on
Tuesdays and Thursdays for four weeks during the summer.
Photos by Timothy Ramsey
The young people in the camp are presented with trophies and T-shirts
based on their effort and performance.
Sapper played the defensive line at Carver High but
will transition to playing linebacker for the Vikings.
Pursuing the quarterback and the physical play of
the game are aspects that Napper enjoys the most.
He looks to contribute in any way possible once he
steps foot on campus.
game and Vic recog
nized my talents and be
thought I was good enough
to coach and give back to
the community," said Gant.
"I see me in them
as far as where I
started, and even
tually they can
really enjoy the
game of golf and
then they can
take over for me
As the kids
practice time on
die driving range,
they were treated to a cook
out style lunch for the last
day of the program. There
and comments by special
guests such as Tim Giant,
director of Parks &
Recreation for the city of
Winston-Salem, and Gary
Lash, district supervisor of
Parks & Recreation for
Jeff Brookshire, assis
tant principal for Simon G.
Atkins Academic &
Technology School, gave a
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speech to the
young people to
advise them of the
along with the
bright future that
is available to
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kids know that they have
choices in life, and by
going to school and doing
well, that will give them
the opportunity to do the
things they want to do
when they graduate ."
The Samuel Puryear Sr.
Award is given to the
camper who exemplifies
the best qualities and has
progressed the most
throughout the camp. This
year's winner was Madison
Mingo-Perry of Downtown
"I feel happy and excit
ed and I want to thank all of
the coaches and Mr. and
Mrs. Johnson for the
opportunity to win this
award. I get to learn new
things and meet new kids
and have fun. I plan to
hopefully continue to play
golf after the camp is over
because I really enjoy it,"
The kids in the camp
really enjoy playing and
learning the sport, and
Johnson stated that having
this camp has been a really
rewarding experience for
him and is looking forward
to next year.
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says be has always been interested in the field.
Because he notices everything around him, he says, it will
be a perfect career field for him. He went on to say that
he just wants to go in and perform to the best of his abili
ties come the fall and contribute where he can.
Dequan said that he will miss his teammates most of
all because of the shared love they all had for the game of
football. He wants to express to younger student athletes
that they must remember where they came from and aca
demics are of the utmost importance because coaches will
not come see you unless you perform on the field and in
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