-- — THUMBS UP: To Robert Clyatt. As a Valdosta attorney working workers compensation cases in the 1980s, Clyatt was struck by the impact work-place deaths and injuries had on families. The experience inspired him to create Kids’ Chance, which is dedicated to raising scholarship money for Georgia children whose parents were killed or injured on the job. Twenty-five years and millions of dollars later, Kids’ Chance is now represented in 37 states. This weekend, Kids’ Chance hosts its national convention in Atlanta. Congratulations, Bob Clyatt, on a job well done.
THUMBS UP: To the organizers of the annual Lee Anthony Crews Memorial No-Tap Bowling Tournament and Auction. This annual event raises funds for the Lee Crews Memorial Scholarship Fund for local residents who attend VSU and major in criminal justice. Lee Crews was a Valdosta police officer killed in the line of duty while pursuing a robbery suspect in 1984.
THUMBS UP: To David Wortham. The Lowndes High baseball player drove in three runs and scored three more at bat this week to push the Vikings to a 12-2 victory over the Cook Hornets.
THUMBS UP: To Valdosta State University Theatre & Dance and Music departments for creating a memorable event with Dancing with the Valdosta Stars. During last year’s first event, it raised approximately $24,000 in scholarships for the two performing arts departments. With the second one scheduled for tonight before a sold-out audience, Dancing with the Valdosta Stars is certain to raise thousands more for VSU students. A job well done by the organizers as well as the volunteers who agree to be the celebrity dancers.