--- — THUMBS UP: To Gwen Register-Thomas. Known as the “Pool Lady,” Thomas raises money to buy children pool passes at the Mildred Hunter Community Center. This is the second year she has helped children in need enjoy summer swimming. After a story ran earlier this week in The Times, Thomas quickly received more than $300 in donations for swimming passes.
THUMBS UP: To House of Heroes. The program repairs, refurbishes, and adapts the homes of military veterans who are physically unable to do these projects. House of Heroes is helping six more veterans this year. Dozens of youths will help in the project later this month. The public is invited to attend a ceremony to honor these selected veterans, 2 p.m., June 24, Lake Park United Methodist Church. More information: Visit www.houseofheroes.org
THUMBS UP: To Chris Hatcher. The one-time Valdosta State player then national championship VSU coach was named as a member of the inaugural class of the Gulf South Conference Hall of Fame. Known for his “Hatch Attack,” Hatcher led VSU to its first national NCAA Division II championship in 2004.
THUMBS UP: To the Leadership Lowndes group that hosted the Miracle League of Valdosta’s derby. Last weekend, the organization held a successful home run derby at Billy Grant Field. The Miracle League offers people with disabilities the opportunity to play sports. The event helped raise funds for a $1.2 million handicapped-accessible synthetic rubber field at Freedom Park.