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The March 22, 2018. Page 1:1-1 [- Photo by Jacquelyn Carlisle Obadiah Threadgill III holds sign indicat- ing Notasulga High School's gym named for him. He was inducted into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame on March 19. Obadiah Threadgill III's family has a history of athletic achievement Editor's note: Former Notasulga High-School Coach Obadiah ThreadgilI III was inducted in the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame Monday (March 19) night in Montgomery. Also inducted, was former Loachapoka High School football coach Jerome Tare. By BILL PLOTT Alabama High School . Athletic Association-Historian " Retired Notasulga High School basketball coach Ol adiah Threadgill Ill was born into a family of educators. Both of his parents were teachers; and his father, Obadiah Threadgill II, coached and officiated in the Sumter County area. In addition, his brother Kenneth Threadgill taught and coached basketball at Livingston High School, winning a state championship in 2003. Another brother, Reginald Threadgill, is a long-time basketball official in the Jefferson County area. That legacy has now extended into a fourth generation. Obadiah's wife Joyce is a career el- ementary school teacher. Their son, Obadiah Threadgill IV, the head boys' basketball coach at LaFayette High School, has already coached a state championship team at LaFayette, and his wife Shernika is cheerleader coach. It all started with Obadiah ThreadgiU I, said Obadiah III, who has been selected to be en- shrined into the Alabama High School Sports Hall of Fame's Class of 2018. "He was the son of slaves," he said, "and a God-fearing man who knew the importance of getting an education." Pare Langford, Dadeville High School admin.- istrator and a former Notasulga teacher, in her letter nominating Threadgill for the Hall of Fame, said there is still another legacy. 'Athletics serve an important role in the lives of many young people," Langford said. "Coach Threadgill has used his love of basket- ball and his coaching ability to give many stu- dent-athletes an opportunity to be successful. However, as a school principal, parent and friend, it is his character that I admire and ap- preciate the most! Not only did Coach Thread- gill teach kids to be winners on the court, he taught them to be winners in life. "His examples of integrity, work ethic, perse- verance and compassion were so important for our students. Now, thousands of his students and athletes are adults. It warms my heart to know that those characteristics have helped them be successful in life." Langford said Threadgill's influence didn't stop there. " " - "I see (them) instilling those winning charac- teristics in their own children," she said. "Coach Threadgill's positive impact will go on forever." Threadgill attend Sumter County Training School, graduating in 1965. He attended Tuskegee University, graduating in 1970. He later earned a master's degree from Auburn University in 1980. A Vietnam veteran, Threadgill went into mil- itary service after his graduation from Tuskegee. He served from 1970-72. Out of the Army, he returned home to Sumter County and accepted the position of director of the (See THREADGILL, P B-2) Tuskegee Parks & has accomplished much during its five years' of existence On March 18, 2013, the Tuskegee Parks & Recreation Department began operations as an independent department within the City of Tuskegee. The need for the department was evi- dent because the Tuskegee-Macon County YMCA had ceased to operate in the area. The department was unanimously approved by the City Council of Johnny Ford, Tony Haygood, Chris Lee, Ala Whitehead and Georgette White- Moon at the request of then City Manager Har- vey Smith. - - Over the next few weeks, we will look at the highlights of the department, an outlook on the future of the department, and an interview with Department Director, A.D. Drew. host a home football game at Henderson Park. The game is the first youth football game hosted in Macon County in over 10 years. November The Junior Tigers send three teams to the EAYFL Championship, winning in two divisions. The Junior Tiger Cheerleaders win their first cheer competition in the Senior Divisi6n. Decem- ber Director A.D. Drew is chosen as co-chair of the District V Recreational Sports Committee. 2015 January.:. Director A.D. Drew chosen for ARPA education committee. February TPR competes in its 1st ARPA District V Basketball Tournament in Alex City, winning the 14U Boys Division and placing second in the 12U Boys and 2018 12U Girls Divisions respectively. March A.D. Drew hired as Director of Parks & Recreation. April Betty Broadnax and David March TPR competes in ARPA State Basket- Henderson are added to the staff of the depart- ball tournament in Homewood with 14U Boys ment. TPR sends local youth to the regional losing in 1st round, 12U Boys losing in 3rd MLB Pitch Hit and Run competition in Dothan. round, and 12U girls losing in semi-final. TPR June TPR forms first league with a develop- adds Marcus Jones and Kyle Piner to staff as co- mental softball league for girls. TPR Hosts its ordinators. TPR receives $4000 Arthritis Foun- first summer camp. dation Grant to start Walk With Ease Program. July TPR partners with the Tuskegee Flyers April TPR competes in its 1st season in track. to host an international basketball game, featur- TPR receives $25,000 grant from Walmart Foun- ing local youth versus YSE Belgium. August dation and NRPA for Out-of-School Time Educa- TPR forms its first competitive league by adding tion Program. TPR is the only department in the girls' volleyball. November TPR organizes what nation to receive both grants simultaneously. is now known as the Tuskegee Area Youth Bas- ketball League. May TPR competes in district and state track meet. TPR sends in 8U 4x100 relay team along 2014 with a 800m participant to state. All five receive January TPR joins the Alabama Recreation & a gold medal. June Girls' softball team com- Parks Association (ARPA). April TPR receives a petes in-its 1st Dixie Softball District tourna" grant from NRPA entitled the Out-Of-School ment. TPR begins its 3rd Summer Camp. July Time Grant ($35,000). TPR host the first carni- TPR competes in the ARPA girls' softball champi- val in Tuskegee in over 10years. June TPR onship in Gadsden. Lorezih Torbert and Jan iah hosts a summer camp. July TPR officially en- Weeks represent TPR on a Montgomery RBI all- ters the East Alabama Youth Football League star softba.ll team that competes in Cincinnati, (EAYFL). Ohio prior to the MLB All Star game. The Mont- August TPR volleyball league has quickly gomery RBI team wins the 12U girls national grown to six teams in its second year. Septem- championship. ber The Junior Tigers, the TPR football team (See FIVE YEARS, P. B-2) mencan c.gtJ:fican Air Force tl'niU of q* orkl War Ii