Sonoraville players volunteer

Sonoraville High players Tate Moore, Russell Johnson, Bailey Reece and Trent Holley pose for a photo with the Gordon County 9-10 year old team during a recent practice. (Contributed Photo)

The youth in our community are constantly bombarded with some degree of influence. It can be very easy to overlook these moments, good or bad, especially in the busy lives we lead.

One great thing about the community we live in is the unselfish character of the local athletes that represent our local schools.

Recently, some of the Sonoraville High football players volunteered their time to attend a Gordon County 9-10 football team practice. They assisted with drills and spoke on the importance of being a student-athlete.

“It is a tremendous opportunity for this handful of 9 and 10 year olds to be coached up and stand side by side with some of their local heroes that play on Friday nights.” said coach Brian Chastain.

“It is also great to be a part of a community that is so willing to support their youth in whatever endeavors they want to pursue. The middle and high school coaches and Gordon County Parks and Rec staff have all certainly played a large role in providing any tools to help these young athletes to learn and better prepare.”

The players that volunteered their assistance that are Tate Moore, Russell Johnson, Bailey Reece and Trent Holley.

Many times these high school athletes, from Calhoun, Gordon Central and Sonoraville, have given their time to the next generation without receiving any recognition at all.

It’s great to see that all of the schools in our community are contributing to the positive growth of our future student-athletes. Situations like this can seem like a small matter to most, but to the young children in our town, it can motivate, as well as promote, the kind of positive and selfless attitude we want them to have as they progress through their academic and athletic careers.

The 9-10 Phoenix All-stars would like to thank the players, the coaches and all those who contribute to the student athletes in our community.