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Braselton Rotary Golf Outing is May 20 at Reunion Country Club

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updated-Version-1E-Brochure-FB_Page_1The Braselton Rotary Club is hosting a fundraiser golf outing on Friday, May 20, at Reunion Country Club.

Registration for the “Georgia Scramble” begins at 8 a.m. with a 10 a.m. tee time. Play is $500 for a foursome or $150 for a player with mulligan packages available for $25 per person.

Proceeds from previous tournaments have supported the Rotary Flag Plaza at Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Jackson County, Braselton Rotary Scholarships, the Braselton Library, the Georgia Rotary Student Program, Eagle Ranch, Relay For Life and The Tree House.

Corporate sponsors thus far include Northeast Georgia Health System, Road Atlanta, YearOne, Georgia Transmission Corporation, Bingham Insurance Group, Funari Realty, GFS Advisory, Woodall Creative Group, the law firm of Andersen Tate Carr, Howard Hardaway State Farm, Kerry M. Pierce Photography, Future Design Communications and Anderson Physical Therapy Associates.

Sponsorships begin at $100 for hole sponsors, $150 for individual sponsorship, $500 for a foursome sponsorship plus higher levels as birdie, eagle and double eagle sponsors. Sponsorships also include lunch and beverage sponsorships, longest drive and closet to the pin sponsorships and more.

You can register online at www.Braseltonrotarygolftournament.com or contact president-elect Chad Bingham at 706-684-0040 or chad.bingham@binghaminsurancegroup.com

Reunion Country Club is located at 5609 Grand Reunion Drive in Hoschton.

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Gwinnett Senior Golden Games sets opening ceremony for March 31

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Seniors 50-plus from Gwinnett, surrounding counties can participate in variety of sports

The 2016 Gwinnett Senior Golden Games will kicking off the 17th year of the event with a March 31 opening ceremony at Bethesda Park Senior Center.

Registration will be from 9-10:15 a.m. with the ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m.  The Golden Games are an opportunity for seniors 50-plus to participate in a variety of sports, meet new people, learn a new skill and learn of the recreational opportunities available to the citizens of Gwinnett and neighboring counties.

For the 2000 event, there were 76 seniors participating in 15 events, and the games grew to 326 seniors in 37 games in 2015. A total of 859 gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded to participants in the various events.

Applications are available on line at www.Gwinnett Senior Golden Games.org.  Applications are also available at county libraries, senior centers and some businesses.

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ESP Fan Club being promoted on John Wes Townley Toyota truck for Saturday’s race

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John Wesley Townley promoting ESP Fan Club at Saturday race in Atlanta.

John Wes Townley promoting ESP Fan Club at Saturday race in Atlanta.

This Saturday, John Wes Townley will race to promote the ESP Fan Club and the kids from his hometown. Sports celebrities around the country are coming together to create a fanbase for individuals with developmental disabilities through the ESP Fan Club, an initiative of the nonprofit Extra Special People, Inc. in Watkinsville.

The ESP Fan Club will help ESP expand its summer camp and afterschool programs for individuals of all abilities and serve more of the 2,000 individuals in Northeast Georgia who could benefit from the opportunities they provide. The ESP Fan Club strives to create support for the participants of ESP, showing these individuals that people around the country want to cheer them on and believe in their success. To learn more or become a fan, visit www.espfanclub.org.

“Children with disabilities are often forgotten,” said Laura Whitaker, executive director at ESP. “We are so grateful for John Wes Townley and Athenian Motorsports helping us create a community of fans to cheer on our kids and show them that they will always be celebrated.”

To help promote the ESP Fan Club, Athenian Motorsports has donated sponsorship of Townley’s #5 Toyota Truck for the Great Clips 200 NASCAR Camping Work Truck Series race on Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. Townley, the ARCA season opener winner, hopes to spread the message of ESP and help them build the biggest fanbase for kids who deserve it most: kid of all abilities.

To learn more about Extra Special People, visit www.extraspecialpeople.com. For additional information, contact Katarina Christmann 912-223-1973 or katarina@extraspecialpeople.com.  

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Bradley Dunham takes second in freestyle at Gwinnett County championships

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Bradley Dunham with DHS swim coaches

Bradley Dunham with DHS swim coaches

Hoschton resident Bradley Dunham, a sophomore at Dacula High School, placed second in the 500 Freestyle at the Gwinnett County High School Championship finals on Jan. 26.

Dunham’s swim in the 500 Freestyle also breaks the Dacula High school record set in 2013 by a senior.

He started his swimming career at the age of 8 and currently swims year around.

“With two years left of high school, I would like to hold all of the individual event records and look forward to competing on a college level,” said Dunham, who attributes his love for swimming, following in the footsteps of his father, who competed at an NCAA Division 1 level.

Dunham’s next competition will be the Georgia High School State Championship.

 

Jefferson area sports memorabilia sought for 2017 Smithsonian exhibit

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Kathi Roberts Bray attended Jefferson City Schools as did her parents, including her father whose letterman jacket will be displayed. Her children attended Jefferson City Schools and now her grandchildren attend. "This really hits home with us," she said.

Kathi Roberts Bray attended Jefferson City Schools as did her parents, including her father whose letterman jacket will be displayed. Her children attended Jefferson City Schools and now her grandchildren attend. “This really hits home with us,” she said.

Jefferson will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian exhibit “Hometown Teams, How Sports Shape America” in January of 2017, and in order to develop a local exhibit, the Crawford Long Museum and the Jefferson School Foundation is now collecting historical sports photos, news articles and artifacts.

This Saturday, area residents can bring sports photos and memorabilia of local alumni of Martin Institute, Bryan High and Jefferson High to the Jefferson Foundation office, located at 276 Martin St. The office will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday for deliveries of local sports memorabilia.

Kathi Roberts Bray, who serves as administrative assistant of the foundation, is excited about some of the memorabilia which has already been provided for the exhibit but she said she is hopeful more items will be forthcoming.

A 1952 Jefferson High School letterman jacket that her father, Davis Roberts, earned and recently decided to share with the exhibit gave Kathi an opportunity to see the jacket for the first time.

“He came in with the jacket and asked if this was the type of sports memorabilia I’d been talking about,” said Bray.

Also provided is the original basketball rim from the Martin Institute gym which Nat Hancock Jr., and Bucky Johnson asked to retain when the structure was being demolished. For years, the rim hung on the garage of the Hancock’s Washington Street home.

Two Martin Institute sports letters are available for display thanks to Garnett Spratlin and Albert Westmoreland. Spratlin and wife Nell provided an annual endowment to the foundation and a number of their items from Martin Institute are displayed at the foundation office.

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