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Coosa County youth, family and friends celebrated the inaugural season of Coosa Upward sports Saturday with medals, plaques, cake, punch, and ice cream thanks to Justin Goff at Blue Bell Creameries.
The first season involved 67 youth participating in either basketball or cheer coached by volunteer managers Donna Calhoun, Pastor Chris Crumbley, Pastor Mike Edwards, Sheriff Michael Howell, Jania Kelly, Christian Lee, Reverend John Leonard, and Cindy Natali.
Student athlete volunteers Michelle Alverson, Gabe Cano, Reagan Cardwell, Aeriel Green, Kaylee Hand, Kelsey McLaughlin, Jamiya Marbury, Zyriah Meadows, Conner Mitchell, Mallory Parrish, Elijah Richardson, and Meori Smith were also an integral part of the success of the program.
Thank you also to our volunteer referees Amanda Fincher, Erick Lopez, John Richardson, and Garret Shurette, and clock operator Steven Hardy.
The Weogufka Family Worship Center, under pastors Tommy Thornton and Phillip Alverson, is the host church of the program, but multiple church partners served as Game Day Host churches, including Concord Baptist Church, Hatchett Springs Worship Center, Kellyton Baptist Church, New Home Baptist Church, Peace and Goodwill, and Providence Baptist Church. Game Day Host churches provided volunteers for the concession stand and delivered the half-time devotion to spectators.
Tasha Howell, fundraising coordinator, brought on financial partners who enabled us to purchase equipment, supplies, volunteer apparel, volunteer recognition items, participant scholarships, and end of season celebration items.
Financial partners include Roger Wilder, the Hyatt family, the Castleberry family, Cheryl Alverson, Adams Electric Heating and Cooling, Wayne Ward at Central Alabama Fire Protection, Tasha Howell at Alfa Insurance, First Bank, Joey and Anita Moore, Scott White at Infinity Real Estate, Dennis Sanford, Tommy and Nancy Thornton, Phillip and Paige Alverson, Coosa County Family Dentistry (silver), Kellyton Fire Department under Chief Jerry Sewell (gold), Nelson Electric under John Forbus (gold), and Weogufka Family Worship Center (double gold).
Community partners who provided practice locations were Kellyton Town Council and Central Coosa schools. Special thank you to co-director Lynn Castleberry who manages social media, data entry and the concessions on game days.
We look forward to continuing to work with our partners to provide a positive youth sports experience in Coosa County as we prepare for our upcoming indoor soccer season.
If you have questions about Coosa Upward Sports please text Debi Stover at 256-401-3281.