Blackville Recreation Department celebrates successful fall season

  • 2017 fall cheerleading squad with coach Frechie Smalls.
  • Pee Wee Football team (ages 6-8)
  • Small Mites Football team (ages 9-10)
  • Mites Football team (ages 11-13)

Young cheerleaders and football players were honored by the Blackville Recreational Department.

The department held its annual Football and Cheerleading Banquet on Dec. 5 at the Blackville Community Center. Following a meal, Rev. C.A. Moses from Mt. Zion Baptist Church gave an inspirational message to the young athletes and their families.

“The person you will be in the future is based on everything you can do today,” said Moses, who encouraged the athletes to “stay focused and stay on task.”

Just as they practice to become better athletes, Moses said they also have to apply the same teaching, energy and time to invest in their minds. “Successful people are successful because they feed their minds every day,” he said. “Be the best person you can be. Work harder and smarter than the rest.”

Rev. Moses also had a question for the adults in the room. “How are you investing into the minds of your children?”

He then offered several tips to parents, including reading with their children rather than just telling them to read and spending time reviewing their homework instead of simply asking if they did it. Also, he said parents should go outside with their children to play, be honest with them about life, feed their children with positivity, and listen to their children. “Hear to listen and listen to hear,” he said.

Afterwards, all players and coaches received awards for their hard work this season. The Mites football team (ages 11-13) were recognized for being 7-1. Herbert Dowling was recognized for 35 years of coaching with the recreation department.