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Glenn's Meredith Looks To The Future

The future looks very bright for Kier Meredith. The Glenn High senior, is busy finishing up his prep career with the Bobcats baseball team. He is currently ranked among the top five in

the Piedmont Triad 4-A Conference in six categories – batting (.443), slugging percentage (.714), runs (24), stolen bases (19), fielding percentage (.982), homers (2) and on-base percentage (.560). However, he’s keeping an eye on the upcoming Major League Baseball Draft which will be held June 12-14. Meredith, a speedy 5-10, 177-pound outfielder, is expected to be selected in the first three rounds of the draft. Meredith’s career at Glenn could end any day now. The Bobcats begin play in the Piedmont Triad 4-A tournament tonight. A loss would mean the end for Meredith and the Bobcats. ....More...

       

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BLEVINS SET TO STEP DOWN FROM HANES HOSIERY

 

Things won’t be the same at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center after May 31.  That’s the date Art Blevins, a fixture in Winston-Salem Recreation sports, will officially retire from his position as Supervisor. Blevins has been an employees of the City of Winston-Salem for nearly 40 years and has coached and directed the lives of thousands of youth. Interestingly enough, Blevins’ life and mine are intertwined. We first met at the Red Shield Boys Club more than 50 years ago. We became close friends when the two of us were uprooted from our neighborhood schools of Anderson Jr. and Hill Jr. High during the first-year of forced busing in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system. .....More...

       

 
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BLEVINS SET TO STEP DOWN FROM HANES HOSIERY
 

By Sam Davis
Triad Sports Weekly
 

Things won’t be the same at Hanes Hosiery Recreation Center after May 31.  That’s the date Art Blevins, a fixture in Winston-Salem Recreation sports, will officially retire from his position as Supervisor. Blevins has been an employees of the City of Winston-Salem for nearly 40 years and has coached and directed the lives of thousands of youth.

Interestingly enough, Blevins’ life and mine are intertwined. We first met at the Red Shield Boys Club more than 50 years ago. We became close friends when the two of us were uprooted from our neighborhood schools of Anderson Jr. and Hill Jr. High during the first-year of forced busing in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School system.

Blevins and I were dispatched to Philo Jr. High, where we both played on the school’s basketball and baseball teams.  And although our relationship changed when we left Philo for our neighborhood schools once again, we were able to reconnect as adults. One thing that I can say about him is sure – Art Blevins is one of the most genuine individuals I know. Our relationship as adults has grown into one of brotherhood. 

For one thing, we share a common sense of purpose – helping youth in any capacity that we can. He as a director of programs in the city’s recreation centers, while I have served in various capacities in the community, but mostly as a coach. I have enjoyed working with him the last 35 or so years since I returned to Winston-Salem. During that time he has always remained humble. He’s reached many milestones, including being inducted into the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Hall of Fame and being selected as Employee of the Year for the City of Winston-Salem.

Another of his great accomplishments is being the founder of the Hang the Net & Slam Dunk Contest. He hosted that event for some 25 years and honored worthy individuals from the Winston-Salem sports community with Lifetime Achievement Awards. I was fortunate to accept one of these awards a few years ago.

Yet, the biggest imprint that Blevins has left is on the thousands of kids who have come through Hanes Hosiery and benefitted from his leadership. “Coach Art” as the kids call him, has helped a lot of the kids reach their goals in sports, academics and other fields of endeavor. Winston-Salem won’t be quite the same once Blevins leaves Hanes Hosiery. We thank him for his commitment to the children of this city and all that he has done to help them.