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BI Cat-Walk expanding to include titles, history

POSTED: December 27, 2010 11:21 a.m.

What started as an idea to boost the morale of students and student athletes has blossomed into 77 poster-sized photos spanning two sections of the wall adjacent to Bradwell Institute’s weight-lifting room.

It’s been a little more than a year since the first three posters featuring Delisha Milton-Jones, Gary Guyton and Will Pettis were posted on the walls of BI, signaling the beginning of the Cat-Walk.

Primarily organized and managed by assistant football coach Jeff Miller, the project has grown and is expanding to include region championship banners displayed in the school’s gymnasium.

Miller said the banners will be hung for the school’s girls’ and boys’ basketball and track teams. In addition to the banners and poster photos, the school also has displayed photos of the school’s state champion football, basketball and baseball teams, and the three state runner-up teams.

"We’ve also added plaques with region and region runner up titles, and information about the 60-year history of Bradwell athletics," he said.

Miller was recognized for his contribution to the Cat-Walk during the 2010 Liberty County Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet on Dec. 9.

He addressed the audience to explain how the project started and how the community can help add the names of those still missing from the Walk.

"A complete listing of these pictures can be found at our web-site, biathletics.net," he said. "All of these former student-athletes played a collegiate sport and graduated from their respective college institutions. Anyone with information on individuals that may have been overlooked or how to locate those students that we do not know how to contact can e-mail me at jmiller@liberty.k12.ga.us," he said. "We know the list is incomplete and we are asking the community and the extended family of Bradwell to help us by locating all individuals that need to be recognized. We do not want to leave anyone off."

The project has been funded through sponsorships, fundraisers and a $1,000 donation from the Bradwell JROTC program.

"The interest that has been generated is having a positive impact on our current student-athletes at BI," Miller said. "This project is bigger than any one person and everybody is needed to make this a great success. There are a lot of people working behind the scenes to make a lot of this happen and they all need to be thanked. They supplied needed information that helped us to expand and record the past to encourage our future student-athletes."

 

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