Anson County Parks and Recreation is seeking to instill positivity with their Division I and II footballs teams.
“ACPR has always had tackle football since the 70s, and we are just continuing the standard,” said Morris Gatewood, athletic director at ACPR. “We have 32 children playing tackle football.”
Gatewood said that ACPR tries to create a positive environment for the children, and “instill in them strong morals and values, that life is not all about winning and losing, but finding common ground to be able to work together as a unit to achieve a common goal.”
The mission of Anson County Parks and Recreation Department is to “implement exciting and productive programs, which will enhance the overall quality of life for our citizens.”
“These two teams give the children a sense of pride, to see that they are a part of something that is bigger than themselves, and with the support of the community, I think all of our youth programs will succeed,” Gatewood said.
Gatewood said that the children are responding well as a unit, and they help one another to learn the plays. He said that in his eyes, the children are “coming together like a family.”
Being a part of ACPR football teaches the children structure, commitment and responsibility, he added.
“Children will take the path of least resistance, but we as instructors, coaches and role models have to steer them in the direction of first, being a productive child in school to being a productive adult in society,” Gatewood said.
ACPR is now gearing up for its fall programs, which include fast-pitch softball, tee ball, soccer and flag football.
“We, the ACPR department, are striving each and every day to be the best we can be, at offering programs that are inclusive to all and incorporate all different types of sports,” Gatewood said. “We have a need for kids to come into our programs and participate, but we first need to get the parents to help us get your children out of the house, put down the video games, and become more active.”