[Hunter Blevins, Robin Wilson, Nancy Steed and Felicia Boland / CED Mental Health]
“…probably the biggest and best yet” is how one person in the crowd described it – and that opinion was evidently shared by many others.
The CED Mental Health Center 2016 Youth Prevention Conference, took place on Thursday (March 17th) in the arena on the campus of Gadsden State Cherokee in Centre;
The event brought a total of 1,236 students, in grades five through eight, from the Cherokee County school system to the annual gathering. A special invitation was also extended to the Spring Garden Girls’ Basketball State 1-A Champs and they were in attendance as well.
While at the conference, WEIS Radio spoke with CED Prevention Coordinator Robin Wilson, about the event:
The mission of the Harlem Ambassadors is to deliver a quality basketball show to our audiences throughout the United States and internationally. The show is designed to be fun for customers of all ages, with youngsters being awed for the first time and older folks enjoying the tried-and-true gags like a rerun of a favorite comedy movie. The Ambassadors’ operation is professional in all aspects. In addition to having a wholesome family entertainment product, we are also good citizens and willing role models for youth, promoting the values of staying in school, staying off drugs and fostering racial harmony.
Nancy Steed headed up the day’s activities, and this is a project which takes some planning and serious prep work before it all comes together, however Steed stresses that the reward is worth the work many times over.
She also stressed that putting something like this together is truly a team effort.
2016 CHEROKEE COUNTY BASKETBALL BALL TEAM (formed to play the Ambassadors)
Ricky “Rat” Austin / Dana Austin / Johnny Amison / Andrew Kenny / Coach Coafield / Zack Highfield / Leah Goss Nelson / Allison Kirby / Steven Chesnut / Scott Hays / Cody Adams / Dustin St. Clair / Darrell Richardson
2016 EVENT SPONSORS
Cherokee County Board of Education / Cherokee County Commission / Cherokee County Healthcare Authority / Scott Lloyd / City of Centre (Mayor & Council) / Cherokee County Children’s Policy Council / Town of Cedar Bluff (Mayor & Council) / Town of Sand Rock (Mayor & Council) / Town of Gaylesville (Mayor & Council) / Town of Leesburg (Mayor & Council) / PCA Insurance / Southern Bank Company / Cherokee Electric Co op / the First Southern State Bank / Regions Bank / Then & Now in Cedar Bluff / Jennifer Agan Mackey – Candidate for Cherokee County Commission District 5