Community Profile

Keosha Roberts: GoPlay Sports

If you are reading this article, you probably have an interest in sports and believe that all children should have the opportunity to participate in sports. Well, a new foundation in Davidson County has been formed to ensure just that. The GoPlay Sports Foundation strives to enhance the accessibility of recreational and school sporting opportunities to youth of lower economic means throughout Davidson County. GoPlay Sports works to provide quality, new and gently used sporting equipment and apparel to area youth by formulating a way to have the gear donated and distributed to youth in need.

So where did the idea for GoPlay Sports come from?

Justin Todd: Ledford High School Cross Country

WALLBURG — Long distance running can be an isolating sport of infinite fortitude. Hours are spent training alone, running in the early morning and knowing full well that there will come a time when the body will want to call it a day. 

Being able to push through burning lungs, rubbery legs and a stabbing pain in the side is what long-distance runners like Justin Todd take pride in.

Justin Todd: Ledford High School Cross Country

Brooke Anders: East Davidson High School Basketball

THOMASVILLE—Once upon a time there was a little girl named Brooke Anders who resided in the Fair Grove community. Like many girls her age she played soccer, T-ball, and basketball. Around age seven Brooke realized that she loved the game of basketball and so...

Come out and watch the East Davidson Women’s Basketball team this winter and you will notice a highly confident 3-point shooter by the name of Brooke Anders. Anders was not always so confident in her basketball ability. She credits her high school coach, Don Corry, for helping her with her self-esteem and confidence especially her freshman year when she joined a veteran team. Corry helped her to realize she could play with the juniors and seniors which gave her a sense of importance. 

 

Brooke Anders: East Davidson High School Basketball

Kevin Bowers: Thomasville High School Coach

THOMASVILLE—The pride that comes with being a Thomasville High School Bulldog is something that is hard to express in words, but Coach Bowers’ passion for his team and his kids speaks for itself.

“Thomasville is unique,” said Bowers.  “There is a huge sense of athletic pride, and coaching here has always been a bucket-list goal of mine.”  

Bulldog Nation was something Coach Bowers believed in, even before he got the opportunity to coach at the school.  

Kevin Bowers: Thomasville High School Coach

Sammy Antonelli: Little Man Makes Good On Big Dream

hen Sammy Antonelli showed up for his first day of soccer tryouts, the West Davidson High School When coaching staff must have wondered if he was one of the player’s little brothers. As Sammy remembers it, he was less than 5 feet tall and about 80 pounds; not your average sized player. His soccer career started ordinarily enough playing for Reeds through the Davidson County Parks and Recreation Department. He then took his game to the next level playing for DC USA and it was at that point he developed a passion for soccer.

Sammy Antonelli: Little Man Makes Good On Big Dream

Heather Adkins: North Davidson High School Coach

Just four years ago North Davidson High School (NDHS) welcomed a new head volleyball coach, Heather Adkins, to the community. Since then she has been a very involved and devoted member of the athletics department. This same devotion she shows is also the motto that she preaches to her volleyball teams. 

“ʻPractice hard, play hard’, it’s all about putting in the effort which is something I take pride in doing every day,” said Adkins.

Heather Adkins: North Davidson High School Coach

Jim Lippard: Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame

Recently, I interviewed the Davidson County Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors Chairman, Jim Lippard, to learn about their upcoming banquet to honor the hall’s 2017 inductees. An anticipated audience of 100 plus attendees is expected for the banquet on Saturday, October 21, 2017, to be held at the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington. Phillip Rapp, a 2013 inductee, is the Master of Ceremonies.

Cliff Thompson: Wrestling towards opportunity

Cliff Thompson isn’t one to shy away from a challenge. 

For the better part of two decades, Thompson, 38, has forged a wrestling career based on the principles of hard work, dedication and determination. His desire to always stand tall in the face of adversity has taken the Randleman native to the pinnacle of the wrestling world. 

“Wrestling came natural to me,” Thompson said.  “It was something I always could do. I believe in life that everyone has something special about them.  There isn’t a sport out there that can make you better at every other sport except wrestling. It teaches so much about being mentally tough and about life in general. Wrestling changed my life and I want to give that back.”

Cliff Thompson: Wrestling towards opportunity

Stan Smith: Oak Grove High School

Building a new athletics program

MIDWAY – Stan Smith spent his professional career working toward the day when he could lead an athletic program.When Oak Grove High School presented Smith with such an opportunity, the Ledford alum found he was embarking on something that hadn’t been done in Davidson County in half a decade. Oak Grove in August becomes the first brand new high school to open in the area in more than 50 years, leaving Smith tasked with creating an athletics program from scratch. 

Stan Smith: Oak Grove High School

Popcorn, Peanuts to Racing: Childress’ Road to the Hall of Fame

Richard Childress has come a long way since his days of selling peanuts and popcorn at Bowman-Gray Stadium. Now the face of one of NASCAR’s most successful teams, Childress looks back fondly at that 7-year-old who fell in love with a sport that would shape his life.

“I told myself ‘okay, I want to be a race car driver some day,’” Childress said from his office at Richard Childress Racing [RCR] in Welcome. “I went out and bought a 47 Plymouth. I paid $40 for it and the rest is history.”

Popcorn, Peanuts to Racing: Childress’ Road to the Hall of Fame

Brian Roundtree: Passionate about baseball

“Coaching is a vehicle for teaching life skills.”  

Thomasville – Brian Roundtree is passionate about baseball, coaching, and building a sense of community with his players and staff. The Head Coach of the HP-Thomasville HiToms organization builds a culture for players to deal with both success and adversity and encourages their integrity, character, spiritual life, and discipline. He wants players and coaches to build relationships, learn the history and tradition of baseball, and concentrate on improving athletic skills. Roundtree credits his mentors for much of his success.  

“My opportunities in college and later in life have come from my coaches’ influence; they have pushed me to be better.”   

He grew up in Riverdale, GA and played for coaches Tommy Barber and Doug Casey at DeKalb College. Red-shirted for an injury while at DeKalb, Barber helped Roundtree work on his pitching game, encouraging him “… to be the best version of me I could be.”  

Brian Roundtree: Passionate about baseball