Sometimes, getting things up and running is the hardest part, as Harlem is finding out on a few different levels.
Harlem High School is reprising its cross country program and its initial growing pains include head coach Russ Winter – with help – restoring its course on site as well as recruiting athletes to join the program.
Getting as many players as possible is also the main goal right now of the fledgling Harlem Pop Warner organization.
Harlem joins the East Georgia Pop Warner association, now in its third season. Like other teams adopting the name of its high school team, Harlem will use the name Bulldogs and play its games on Saturdays at the high school stadium.
There are seven categories Harlem is trying to fill: Tiny Mites (5-7 years old), Mitey Mites (7-9), Jr. Pee Wee (8-10), Pee Wee (9-11), Jr Midget (10-12), Midget (12-14) and Unlimited (11-14). With each age group there is a specific weight range to be adhered to.
The first scheduled day of practice is Aug. 5, but players can join teams late.
Again, as with other East Georgia Pop Warner teams, Harlem will be fielding cheerleading squads and getting participation hasn’t been an issue thus far, according to Kristie Peterson, Harlem Pop Warner vice president.
To find out more about basically everything about Harlem Pop Warner, go to www.harlempopwarner.org.
Hall of Fames
July has been a good month for area athletes getting honored for their professional achievements.
Last week it was former Atlanta Braves pitchers Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and manager Bobby Cox getting inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.
Saturday it was Thomson native Ray Guy getting the call to the Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Guy is breaking a barrier as the first punter getting inducted and it’s about time.