Blackville-Hilda A.D. attends American Bowl

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Michael Young - Sports Editor

It's been over 30 years since Blackville-Hilda High Athletic Director Michael Beasley has laced up a pair of football cleats. Back then, Beasley played his high school football for Barnwell High.
That, however, didn't stop him from experiencing as many pregame "butterflies" as the 90 high school football players from across the nation that participated in the Jan. 4 US Army All-American Bowl.
Beasley, who is the President of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association, was among a group of distinguished guests invited the annual classic which was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
"Being in this kind of atmosphere definitely makes you feel that you are a kid again," Beasley said. "The event was very well organized and it was a good learning experience for me."
The U.S. Army arranged for Beasley to fly out to San Antonio for the weekend engagement.
Beasley visited Fort Sam Houston, where he ate and talked with soldiers. He also had dined with the All-American players, coaches and special guest in attendance.
Beasley attended the post game award ceremony and met with US Army personnel, business and community leaders.
"We have a great group of people all across this county who are working very hard to create opportunities for our youngsters," Beasley said. "I would like to thank the US Army and a special thanks to my host Cadet Command Jimmy Jullinax."
Beasley said he was honored to be able to represent an outstanding organization like the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association.
"I'm honored and privileged to serve this great organization as the 67th President. I have a great appreciation and respect to the South Carolina Athletic Association of Coaches," Beasley said.
"The mission of our association best defines the importance our association to promote, protect and teach the student through effective leadership and the professional development of coaches."
Blackville-Hilda District Superintendent Dr. Teresa Pope said Beasley is an asset to the school system and community of Blackville.
"He's a great individual who has taught me a lot about athletics," Pope said. "I'm certainly glad Michael Beasley is a part of our team because he's a good educator, motivator and leader in our community."
Beasley has a wife, Cynthia and three children, Dustin, Logan and Dalton.