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Georgia Running Community Loses Three Ambassadors to COVID-19
Joined: Dec 2004
Sadly, our cross country and track and field community has suffered three losses in the past two weeks related to the COVID-19 virus which continues to plague the nation in alarming numbers per the John Hopkins University dashboard stats. [b]Danny Potts[/b]- As a high school track and cross country coach for over 30 years, Danny Potts' life was dedicated to coaching, mentoring, and encouraging young runners. Danny spent over 10 years attending Roy Benson's Smoky Mountain Running Camp in Asheville, North Carolina, where he would bring his high school runners into the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains to escape the heat and humidity of Atlanta every summer. I personally knew Danny as a Timer. He timed all of McEachern's high school meets for many years perched up in their tiny press box. When 'Fast Feet Timing' was overbooked, we always reached out to Danny, and if he was available, he happily filled in. We first met when my son Robert used to race against his (Brian) in USATF 'Youth' age meets. Brian went on to compete for UGA in track and XC for 4 years. [b]Tim Lester[/b]- Was maybe one of the best 'blocking backs' aka known as the 'Bus Driver' in the history of the NFL, as he paved the way for the 'Bus', none other than Hall of Famer Jerome Bettis of the Pittsburgh Steelers for 4 seasons lasting from 1995-1998. Lester spent his final pro season blocking for NFL all-time rushing leader Emmitt Smith. Tim Lester had been a part of the Milton HS program for about 5-7 years working with the sprinters & jumpers, and with the team in general in strength & conditioning and with overall fitness and agility work. Besides his youth football program, Tim was very supportive of our track program and brought us not only coaching knowledge but spiritual guidance and support and for that we are grateful. [b]David Carey[/b]- Coach Carey was a beloved figure down in Forsyth at Mary Persons High School. To my knowledge, he was the head coach of the girl's track team and also a football coach. A little known fact, Coach Carey had lunch duty every day. What folks didn't know is he would carry dollar bills and coins in his pocket every day. Why? Because if a student needs a drink or something extra to eat he would GIVE them some change. He didn't brag about it. He just did it. He will be very missed in the Mary Persons community. Its been very sad the past two weeks for the Track and Field community in Georgia.
Joined: Dec 2004
Thanks for this tribute Bruce & remember we are STILL IN A PANDEMIC! Milton has had to cancel their big invitational & has had to back out of 3 other meets. WEAR YOUR MASK! Be safe for everyone & yourself please! We do not need to lose anyone else & we want to have a season! This is real & until enough are vaccinated we need to be safe & smart.
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