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Miracle League Recruiting Players, Volunteers for Fall Season
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Miracle League Recruiting Players, Volunteers for Fall Season

The South Fulton Miracle League’s fall season is underway. The league held their first game on September 12 at Welcome All Park. The Miracle League was first launched in 2000 in Georgia. It has since evolved into a global program that helps remove the barriers that keep players with mental and physical disabilities off the baseball field. The South Fulton chapter has operated as a nonprofit organization in the area for 15 years at Welcome All Park. Games have two innings. Everyone bats, everyone gets a chance to cross home plate and everyone wins. (Story Continues Below) (Photos: South Fulton Miracle League, under the leadership of President Karen Nunnally, ended a winning spring season in May 2019) "The South Fulton Miracle League is one of the longest-runn...
Lady Stallions Get Ready to Kick off Fall Season
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Lady Stallions Get Ready to Kick off Fall Season

Now in its third year, the Lady Stallions Kickball Team is on a roll. The program provides women in the community with a fun way to stay in shape and make new friends. The team plays three seasons out of the year, and this spring went 7-0. Later this month, the Lady Stallions will kick off the fall season, and all women ages 18 and up are welcome to join in on the fun. “We fellowship, network and support each other, and help each other stay fit,” said Delphine Knaff, a 50-year old South Fulton Lady Stallions team member who plays pitcher as well as other positions. “We’ve had women in the league that are 60 and 70 years old, your age doesn’t matter.” While the team has strong presence in South Fulton and routinely practices at Sandtown Park, there’s technically not a kickball ...
After Undefeated, History-Making Season, Banneker Retires Hall’s Racket
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After Undefeated, History-Making Season, Banneker Retires Hall’s Racket

Banneker High School's tennis program was relaunched just two years ago by Coach Patricia Swift. Already, the school is making history. During the 2019 season, Banneker's Bryce Hall went undefeated and earned the distinction of becoming the school's first-ever Georgia High School Association's Region 6-AAAAA Tennis Player of the Year. In recognition of his achievement, his racket has been retired and is now on display on the high school's campus. “I hope to see Bryce playing in the U. S. Open and Wimbledon one day,” Coach Swint said. “I’m not sure that’s what he wants to do, but I hope that whatever he chooses to do will make him happy.” Whatever the path, Hall has demonstrated that he has what it takes to be successful. His perseverance is just one of the traits that helped him ...
MLB Great Marquis Grissom Launches Fall Baseball League at Welcome All Park
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MLB Great Marquis Grissom Launches Fall Baseball League at Welcome All Park

When Marquis Grissom caught the final out in the 1995 World Series, he secured the Atlanta Braves' only world championship win. Now he's helping to groom another generation of world class players. The Marquis Grissom Baseball Association (MGBA) has partnered with the city of South Fulton to elevate the baseball programming offered at Welcome All Park. Registration is currently open for the fall baseball league, an eight week program that starts on August 14. Ages seven to 13 are eligible to participate. The cost is $190 and families can register using the parks and recreation department's CivicRec app. "I'm passionate about the game of baseball," said Grissom, who played in the Major League for 17 years, earning distinction as an MVP, two-time All Star, four-time Gold Glove A...
Gallery: Venus Williams Visits South Fulton Tennis Center
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Gallery: Venus Williams Visits South Fulton Tennis Center

Fresh off a win at the 2019 BB&T Atlanta Open women’s exhibition, Venus Williams stopped by the South Fulton Tennis Center to encourage young players. The visit was part of USTA’s Net Generation Campaign which aims to inspire and help build a new generation of tennis greats. Williams took time to hit a few balls, give high fives and offer pointers and words of encouragement to approximately 100 kids enrolled in the center's tennis camp. "More than anything I enjoyed spending time with the kids here," said Williams. "I would love to come back, I'd like this not to be the last time." (Story continues below.) Sam Kennedy, executive director of South Atlanta Community Tennis Association (SACTA), oversees programs at the tennis center through a contract with the city of S...
Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings
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Westlake Lady Lions Receive Back-to-Back Championship Rings

Westlake High School’s Lady Lions received their back-to-back state basketball championship rings in a recent ceremony.“We’ve had some great athletes and some great students who’ve come through our program,” Coach Hilda Hankerson said. “You don’t repeat state championships without having a strong core, a nucleus you can depend on to win that championship again.”   Westlake won their first-ever state championship in Georgia’s 7A division in 2018. The team compiled a record of 29-1. “This was our first championship,” Coach Hankerson said. “It was for everyone who ever played Westlake basketball.” With laser-like focus, the team had its eye on a perfect season in 2019. Lady Lions from the 2018 championship team added a second ring to their fingers at the ceremony and had th...
Cam Newton Brings Enrich One Camp to South Fulton
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Cam Newton Brings Enrich One Camp to South Fulton

Carolina Panthers Quarterback and South Fulton native Cam Newton is bringing the Enrich One Summer Camp Enrichment Program to his hometown this summer. The fun-filled camp sponsored by the Cam Newton Foundation gives children ages 6-14 exposure to experiential learning opportunities through STEM activities, college tours and fine arts. The summer enrichment program begins Monday, June 10 and will end Friday, July 19. Parents can register their children at The Kingdom of God International Ministry (4590 Welcome All Road) starting on Monday, June 3. Camp programming emphasizes character development, community service, team building, physical fitness, and educational enrichment. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided included in the camp's fees. Photo Credit: Zion's Community H...
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‘Sweet-Peat:’ Westlake Lady Lions Championship Game Day Gallery

Yesterday, Westlake High School’s Lady Lions successfully defended their title and snatched the 7A Girls GHSA State Championship. Westlake defeated Collins Hill with a score of 60 to 53, maintaining the lead for the entire game. Westlake High School Principal Jamar Robinson called the Lions’ victory a “sweet-peat,” Coach Hilda Hankerson’s coaching “masterful,” and the season “sensational.” Take a look at a few game day pics and stay tuned for our full story on the Lions' amazing win. For more South Fulton news and updates, follow us on Twitter (CoSF Observer) and Facebook at www.facebook.com/cosfobserver.
Westlake’s Alston Becomes First Female Varsity Football Player to Score
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Westlake’s Alston Becomes First Female Varsity Football Player to Score

In a matchup against Alabama’s Lanier High School in August, Kendyle Alston became Westlake’s first female player to score in a varsity football game. Last month, the senior put an exclamation point on her career when she again kicked for an extra point helping her team to defeat Wheeler. She says wasn’t trying to make history, but she’s done just that. “I just wanted to play football and to be a part of the team,” Alston said. “It’s an opportunity of a lifetime and one that I will remember for the rest of my life.” Alston credits Westlake’s football coach Kareem Reid for giving her a chance to play the sport. “My parents and I are grateful to Coach Reid for allowing me this opportunity,” she said. “He and my teammates have welcomed me on the team and I appreciate that.” Alston learned to...

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