Givin’ Back wraps up 10th year


By OJ Stapleton - ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com



Photos submitted Speakers at this year’s Givin’ Back end of the year picnic included Michelle Hollis, assistant dean at Western Kentucky University, Patrick Jones from General Motors auto division and William Thomas Barlow, president of BGPA and BGAA.


Local law enforcement won the annual softball game this year against the Givin’ Back coaches.


St. Paul Baptist Church of Guthrie won the top award at the He’s Worthy To Be Praised gospel event.


Jeremiah Smith and Deshawn Mason won the Victor Hampton 110% percent awards this year.


Dontrae Hampton gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.


Zach Hines gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.


The Givin’ Back sports camp recently finished up its 10th year in Russellville with its annual picnic celebration at Hampton Park.

Speakers at this year’s picnic included Michelle Hollis, assistant dean at Western Kentucky University, Patrick Jones from General Motors auto division and William Thomas Barlow, president of BGPA and BGAA.

The Givin’ Back program is an inspiring, educational and caring initiative brought about by founder Jae Allison. He and other volunteers providing a safe and nurturing place for kids to go every Saturday keeping them off the streets and teaching them important lessons of life through sports and interaction.

In addition to the weekly sports camp, the organization hosts several other events throughout the year. One of the most popular events is when the Givin’ Back coaches play softball against local law enforcement.

Each year Givin’ Back organizers host an Extravaganza where kids get to play basketball and win awards. This year was the fifth year Givin’ Back has held that event.

Also, Givin’ Back does an event where barbers donate their time to give free back to school haircuts to children.

There is also the He’s Worthy To Be Praised Extravaganza where awards are given out to local churches and choirs.

Photos submitted Speakers at this year’s Givin’ Back end of the year picnic included Michelle Hollis, assistant dean at Western Kentucky University, Patrick Jones from General Motors auto division and William Thomas Barlow, president of BGPA and BGAA.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Speakers-at-picnic.jpgPhotos submitted Speakers at this year’s Givin’ Back end of the year picnic included Michelle Hollis, assistant dean at Western Kentucky University, Patrick Jones from General Motors auto division and William Thomas Barlow, president of BGPA and BGAA.

Local law enforcement won the annual softball game this year against the Givin’ Back coaches.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Softball-game-police-won.jpgLocal law enforcement won the annual softball game this year against the Givin’ Back coaches.

St. Paul Baptist Church of Guthrie won the top award at the He’s Worthy To Be Praised gospel event.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Extravaganza.jpgSt. Paul Baptist Church of Guthrie won the top award at the He’s Worthy To Be Praised gospel event.

Jeremiah Smith and Deshawn Mason won the Victor Hampton 110% percent awards this year.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Victor-Hampton-Award.jpgJeremiah Smith and Deshawn Mason won the Victor Hampton 110% percent awards this year.

Dontrae Hampton gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Dontrae-Hampton.jpgDontrae Hampton gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.

Zach Hines gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.
http://newsdemocratleader.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Zach-Hines.jpgZach Hines gave free haircuts to local students to help get them ready for back to school.

By OJ Stapleton

ostapleton@newsdemocratleader.com

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