Five teams competed in Troup County Anchor Foundation’s City-Wide Field Day event Saturday, with crowd support from many, including city and county officials
“It was a great success and a great turnout,” said Anchor Foundation Founder, Ameia Cotton. “To see our chief, mayor and public safety officials getting involved in the community is always good.”
The foundation was formed to channel violence in the community through “uplifting events” and to support teamwork within the community, which Cotton said is why the group involved the law enforcement agencies in the initiative.
“We appreciate the fact that they have involved the police department and are part of the initiatives created in the community to bring law enforcement and the community together,” said LaGrange Chief of Public Safety Lou Dekmar, who attended the event. “We appreciate the hard work of those involved and we look forward to the next event.”
Sheriff’s deputies attended the event and Sheriff James Woodruff said the event provided a good outlook for the community.
“It was a great thing to see law enforcement and the community come together and have a good time,” said Woodruff. “The Anchor Foundation is doing a great thing. We support them 100 percent.”
Mayor Jim Thornton said he enjoyed watching the field day festivities at Grange Park.
“Community members were having fun competing, and it was great to see so many citizens simply hanging out with LaGrange police officers and Troup sheriff’s deputies,” Thornton said. “I appreciate the leadership of Ameia Cotton and the members of the Anchor Foundation. They are committed to reducing youth violence and to improving the relations between youth in our community and the police. They are doing great work, and I fully support their efforts.”
Teams competed in field day games including sack races, tug-of war, relay races, and balloon pop and some teams competed in a basketball tournament.
The team “Wolf Pack” won $300 and a trophy in the basketball tournament and team “Reckless” won $100, a trophy and gift cards for their overall win in the field day games.
Also at the event, University of Georgia student Christa Evans received a $500 scholarship.
“It showed we can have some good clean fun without violence … how we can partner and work together,” said Cotton. “There’s no I in team. No one can do anything by themselves. That’s what it’s going to take to build a community and cut back on violence.”
Anyone who wants more information about the Anchor Foundation and its upcoming events may like their Facebook page at “Troup County Anchor Foundation Inc.”