Thursday, July 10, 2008
Youth program celebrates first-year success
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Holly Springs Summer Youth Sports Program ended activities on Thursday, July 3. The program had been instituted to provide activities for city youth because Rust College had lost its funding. The college had operated the National Youth Sports Program (NYSP) for many years.
Holly Springs Mayor Andre’ DeBerry was on hand to address the participants and parents and staff with a motivational message. The mayor said the initial program had begun with a small group of attendees but is expected to grow in the coming years. He went on to charge the youth to continue to engage in productive pursuits for the remainder of their summer vacation.
The program had offered such activities as volleyball, basketball, dance, and other subjects including nutrition.
Coach Henry Hood, who served as project liaison, identified and thanked the sponsors and contributors whose aid had an important impact on the program. Sponsors and contributors were: Bank of Holly Springs, Merchants & Farmers Bank (David Cooper), Piggly Wiggly (Levi McFadden), Carlisle’s Big Star, Wal-Mart (Sherida Jeffries), Nail Gallery (Jackie Malone), Mr. Chic’s Style Salon, McDonald’s (Catina Daugherty), Pizza Hut (Catherine Bridges), Lewis Auto Sales (Steve Lewis).
Laura Boxx was the nutritionist and Calvin James was the computer specialist.
The staff presented three lucky campers brand new bicycles via a random drawing. Winners were Ryan Seldon, Star Walton and Jonathan Green. The staff also selected an outstanding camper, Janequa Collins, who was presented with a plaque and a brand new bike.
Youth attending this inaugural program were Dana Jeffries, Jalissa Mitchell, Jocelyn Green, JaKayla Johnson, Daranice Holloway, William Payne, Star Walton, Khari Isom, Splynid Hollis, Jonathan Green, Ryan Seldon, Chauncy Seldon, LaKendra Bell, Trevian Pegues, Javius Nabors, Jasmin Jones, Erika Jones, Jailon Jones, Justin Jones, Jocelyn Mayfield, Jonathan Walters, Marcus Hicks, Lanequa Collins, Allison Collins, Lanchai Collins, Tony Johnson, Shatera Cunningham and Courtney Bean.
Supervisors of the program were Kenneth McMullen, Henry Hood, Rev. James Green, Maxine Tucker, Jeffrey Williams, Valensia Sims and Jessica Nabors.
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