One year later: Olympic Games left lasting impact

Let others debate the pros and cons of post-Olympic Georgia. A year after the Atlanta Olympics, the legacy of the Games is alive and well in Augusta, given life in the sharp thwack of leather boxing gloves and the clean slice of a boat prow through local waters. The contacts made as more than 30 Olympic teams trained in Aiken and Augusta were the culmination of efforts to build a sports legacy in the area, organizers and participants said. The proof, they said, is the return of boxers and rowers who trained in the area last year.

Georgia Games torch passes through Augusta

...director of public relations for the Games. Having the ceremonies on Friday allows the athlete's families to attend. The Georgia Games were started in 1989 as part of the effort to attract the Olympic games to Atlanta. The program has grown from 3...

Torch to pass through Augusta

The Georgia Games torch will pass through Augusta Tuesday on its way to Atlanta. The torch arrives in Augusta at the Cotton Exchange building on...

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Coach mixes sport,spirit in ministry

Thwack! Just hitting a few tennis balls with neighborhood youth three years ago has mushroomed into a second career for Rhonell Williams. Mr. Williams, a retired policeman and addiction counselor, has taught students - including twins Hayward and Howard Jean, 14 - to shine on the court. The brothers are playing in the Junior U.S. Open tennis championship in Rome, Ga., this weekend. Mr. Williams' Beech Island Tennis Academy has attracted backing from Augusta-area parks and recreation departments and Grace Baptist Church in Evans.

Things to Do | Midland Valley High School
City pool plan hits obstacle

...city for the 1999 Georgia Games, the state's largest participatory sporting event. It will be the first time the Georgia Games have been held outside Atlanta since their inception in 1990. The event, which should bring at least 10,000 amateur...

Metro | Augusta-Richmond County Commission
Praise CVB, others for `team effort'

While the Greater Augusta Sports Council is very grateful for the recognition of our role in securing the 1999 Georgia State Games Championship, we would like to emphasize that this was a total team effort and one entity could have not been successful by themselves. Our community should be very proud of Barry White and his staff at the Augusta Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau, Tom Beck and Robbie Kiser of the Augusta-Richmond County Recreation and Parks Department, along with the many area groups who pledged their support to the bid proposal.

Sports Council coup!

The Greater Augusta Sports Council has had a lot of success in promoting our community as a major player in minor sports. But the announcement Thursday that the city will host the 1999 Georgia Games is the Council's best coup yet. The Games are not a niche sport with a popular following. They are the state's largest participatory sporting event, patterned after the Olympics, offering more than 10,000 amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels a chance to compete for medals in at least 30 events.

Shakeup benefits girls team

When the AUG Lady Ballers 15-and-under team takes part in events such as the Southern Premier Hoops Classic, the outcome for the players is potentially greater than just a win or a loss. The players' performance could land them a college scholarship.

High school | Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School
Area announcements

...Thomson High School on Saturday and Aug. 7 . For more information, contact Wayne Wilson at (706) 564-5357. - The Georgia Games adult softball tournament will be held on June 7 at Diamond Lakes. Entry fee is $175. To enter, call Lida Gregg...

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Young bowler has been perfect on three occasions

...helping his mother during her league events, and at 7 he joined a youth bowling league and won many awards. During the Georgia Games, at the age of 15, he won two gold medals, a silver and three bronze medals. He was also a member of the Georgia...

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