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Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

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Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

Events

  

March 1 - 31

Coloring Program for Children In Emanuel County
Twin City Art Gallery

March 4

One-Pitch Softball Tournament
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department

March 19

Opening Ceremony
Keynote Address
EGSC - Swainsboro Campus

March 23

GCEE Workshop
CANCELLED
EGSC - Swainsboro Campus

March 25

Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series
Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department
Friday Night Lights

March 31 - April 30

A Year in Sports: Emanuel County Photography Exhibition
EGSC Art Gallery

April 1 (CANCELLED)

We will reschedule at a later date.
Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series
Pop Boogie Field in Twin City
Field of Dreams

April 5

Hometown Teams Photography Exhibit Reception
EGSC Art Gallery
Jean A. Morgan Student Activities Center

April 8

Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series
Jaycee Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Emanuel County Relay for Life
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April 15

Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series
Boneyard, Downtown Swainsboro
Kicking and Screaming

April 22

Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series
George L. Smith State Park
The Natural

Moonlight Paddle
George L. Smith State Park

 

 

 

Swainsboro has been named one of 12 communities in Georgia to host the Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America tour. The Georgia Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Museum on Main Street Program, selected Swainsboro, Ft. Oglethorpe, Jonesboro, Nashville, Kingsland and Carrollton in 2016 and Jefferson, Ft. Valley, Moultrie, Forsyth, Cartersville and Monroe in 2017 to host this special exhibit.

Swainsboro will be the first of the 12 communities to host the exhibit, beginning March 19 and running through April 30, 2016 at East Georgia State College's Luck Flanders Gambrell Center. A committee of community members has been and continues to work hard on planning the exhibition and various activities in the community. If you are interested in participating, volunteering, or hosting an event, please contact committee co-chairs Angie Williams at abwilliams@ega.edu or 478-289-2190 or Lynn Brinson at downtown@cityofswainsboro.org or 478-237-7025.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America is a traveling exhibition that consists of seven sections with panels, banners and interactive elements. The exhibition revolves around sports and teams in America--an integral part of culture and community in towns all over the country. Sports reflect the American experience and have helped to shape our national character. The exhibit's photographs, artifacts and memorabilia are presented in a fun, quality educational manner to appeal to visitors of all ages, and giving each community the prestige of hosting a Smithsonian traveling exhibition. The tour is more than an exhibition, however. In addition to the traveling exhibition, the host communities are planning a series of sports-related programs to take place throughout the six weeks the exhibition is in their towns.

For decades, sports have been an integral part of life in Emanuel County. From three-year-olds playing T-ball to collegiate sports at East Georgia State College, sports have provided a foundation of health and social benefits to participants and spectators alike. From Adrian to Oak Park, Canoochee to Garfield, Stillmore to Summertown, Norristown to Nunez, Twin City to Swainsboro, and everywhere in between, team-like camaraderie and brotherhood make Emanuel County perform like its own well-coached team.

Just about every red-blooded, small-town, American youngster either plays or watches some type of sporting event. Weekends in the South are about "our team" winning. Emanuel County's parents teach their children to be team players and to support team effort, and the myriad sports offered here shape the values of trust, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

As we all know, the strongest sports traditions in our community focus on middle and high school athletics, both public and private. The local committee will be contacting schools and different sports personalities from years past, as well as local recreation areas, to help bring together a variety of activities to highlight local sports in conjunction with the traveling exhibit.

 

Local sports exhibit calls for memorabilia

Does your town have a native son or daughter who received special sports recognition or made it to the pros? Did your recreation department, church league, or high school team win a championship? Did a member of your family participate in local sports? We encourage you to gather memorabilia, stories and photos of how sports have been a part of the life of your families and communities through the years and help us include your stories and memorabilia in a community display on the East Georgia State College campus as part of our local Hometown Teams exhibit.

Stories and photos may be submitted electronically to hometownteamsec@gmail.com or mailed to the City of Swainsboro, c/o Lynn Brinson, Hometown Teams, 101 West Main Street, Swainsboro, Georgia 30401. Items may be dropped off physically to Amanda McKenzie, Library Director at the East Georgia State College Library, Barb Moore, Assistant Manager at the Franklin Memorial Library, or to Mayor Eileen Dudley at the City Hall in Twin City. Items may be either loaned to Hometown Teams for use for the duration of the exhibit or donated—please specify when dropping off memorabilia. We reserve the right to use all photos and stories submitted for any marketing and media purposes.

Memorabilia Incoming Receipt Form

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Events

Put your coloring skills to the test!

In conjunction with the upcoming Smithsonian Institution Exhibition, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, presented by Georgia Humanities, Franklin Memorial Library, East Georgia State College’s Library, Twin City City Hall and Swainsboro City Hall are hosting a coloring program for children in Emanuel County. From February 9-29, children ages 4-12 can pick up a sports-themed coloring sheet and reading at any of the sponsoring locations.

Completely colored sheets can be returned to any of the aforementioned places for a kid-friendly prize from a local business, while supplies last. All completed coloring sheets will be placed on display at the Twin City Art Gallery, adjacent to Twin City City Hall, during the month of March.

The Smithsonian Exhibit Committee hopes to see all Emanuel County children participate in the coloring program and to visit the exhibit, coming March 19-April 30 at the East Georgia State College Rotunda!

Prizes have been donated by Sonic Drive-In, Dairy Queen Brazier, Lew's Bar-B-Que, Burger King, Taco Bell and Domino's Pizza.

Download the sports-themed coloring sheet

Casey at the Bat

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One-Pitch Softball Tournament

As part of the upcoming Smithsonian Institution Exhibition Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, presented by Georgia Humanities, the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department will open their 2016 softball season with a One-Pitch Softball Tournament. Proceeds will benefit the exhibit. The tournament will be held March 4, 2016 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Billy C. Carmichael Complex fields, located at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department, 632 McLeod Bridge Road in Swainsboro.

Interested teams can contact Tony Mangieri at the Recreation Department by phone at 237-8098 or via email at tmangieri17@aol.com.

One-Pitch Softball Tournament Poster

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8th Grade Economic History workshop with the Georgia Council on Economic Education

A one-day workshop for eighth-grade Georgia History teachers conducted in conjunction with the Georgia Humanities Council and the Smithsonian Institution Exhibition Service, this workshop will focus on the role that professional and amateur sports have played in shaping Georgia’s modern economy. Workshop participants will receive lesson plans and resources linked to the Georgia Performance Standards, and will have an opportunity to tour the Smithsonian Institution’s Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America exhibit. This workshop has no registration fee, materials provided, substitute reimbursement available, and lunch included. This event has been cancelled and may be rescheduled at a later date.

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Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series

As part of the community programming during the Smithsonian Institute Exhibition of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, there will be a series of sports movies shown around Emanuel County. Entitled Friday Night Lights Community Sports Movie Series, your favorite sports movies will be shown free to the public March 25 at the Swainsboro-Emanuel County Recreation Department, April 1 at Pop Boogie Field in Twin City, April 8 at the Jaycee Fairgrounds in conjunction with the Emanuel County Relay for Life, April 15 at the Boneyard in Downtown Swainsboro, and April 22 at George L. Smith State Park in conjunction with the Moonlight Paddle event. All movies will begin at 8 p.m. Check back for a list of sports movies that will be shown, coming soon!

Friday Night Lights Flyer

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A Year in Sports art exhibit calls for entries

In conjunction with the upcoming Smithsonian Exhibit “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” East Georgia State College’s Art Gallery will be hosting a juried photography exhibition. The theme of the exhibition is “A Year in Sports: Emanuel County,” and will feature photography judged in two separate prize categories, Team Sports and Solo Sports.

The deadline for entries has been extended to March 18, so don't miss out on your chance to showcase your photography skills! Submissions must be shared electronically via Dropbox.com. Please share your application in a single folder, titled with your last name, then first name. Submissions must be .jpg only. Label files in sequence 01-03 followed by first name, category of Team or Solo, and the title, such as 01 Doe Jane Solo Kayaking at George L. Smith. In a message body that contains a Dropbox link, please include image titles, the final framed size of the work, your name, phone number and email address. Email your Dropbox link to hometownteamsec@gmail.com.

The show will open March 31 and will run through April 30 at the East Georgia State College Art Gallery. Work will come down May 2 and will be ready for pick up by 4 p.m.

Prizes in each category will be awarded cash prizes for first, second and third place, and the winner of the Best Bobcat Nation Shot (a photo featuring EGSC sports) will also be awarded a cash prize. Honorable mentions will also be selected.

Art Show Call for Entries Flyer

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Moonlight Paddle

Join Hometown Teams Swainsboro/Emanuel County for a Moonlight Paddle at George L. Smith State Park on April 22, 2016. The event is hosted in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution exhibition Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America, which is presented by Georgia Humanities. The exhibit will be open March 19, 2016 - April 30, 2016, at East Georgia State College in the Rotunda of the Luck Flanders Gambrell Center.

Two options are available for attending this event:

  1. Dinner Only - $10 per person
  2. Dinner and Paddle - $25 per person

A limited number of spaces are available for each option. All fees include Georgia State Parks parking pass.

Dinner will begin at 6:00 p.m. and feature a buffet of local barbeque and sides. After dinner, at approximately 7:30 p.m., supplies will be issued and paddlers will take to the water at 8:00 p.m. in single kayaks, tandem kayaks, and 2-person canoes. Paddlers are invited to bring their own equipment or use the equipment provided by Mill Pond Kayak and George L. Smith State Park.

Paddlers will have the opportunity to view a magnificent east Georgia sunset over George L. Smith State Park's beautiful cypress lake before enjoying a guided paddle lit only by the full moon.

For those interested in attending the dinner only, a sports-themed outdoor movie is scheduled. Be sure to bring your folding chairs and bug spray.

The Moonlight Paddle offers the perfect opportunity for a family-friendly weekend. After enjoying dinner and a movie or paddle, join us Saturday in Swainsboro at East Georgia State College to tour the exhibit.

No alcohol will be allowed at this family-friendly event.

The Moonlight Paddle is a fundraising event. All proceeds will benefit the exhibit.

Hometown Teams is proud to offer the Moonlight Paddle thanks to the following partners: Dolan’s Barbeque of Millen, Lew’s Bar-B-Que of Twin City, Papa Buck’s BBQ of Metter, Ware’s BBQ of Swainsboro, George L. Smith II State Park, Friends of George L. Smith State Park and Mill Pond Kayak.

Moonlight Paddle Poster

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Directions and Map

Hometown Teams Exhibit EGSC Campus Map

East Georgia State College is located just north of I-16, halfway between Macon and Savannah. The College has distinguished itself by offering a tradition of access and a plan for success. You can go anywhere from here.

Travel Instructions to East Georgia State College Swainsboro Campus

From Savannah:  I-16 West to exit 90; right on US Highway 1; travel approximately 10.2 miles; turn right on US Highway 1 Business Route/ GA 4 Business Route; travel approximately 2.6 miles to Meadowlake Parkway (second traffic light); turn right on Meadowlake Parkway; travel approximately 1 mile to Lambs Bridge Road; continue across Lambs Bridge Road (you will see our sign across the road) and take first left; this is the entrance road to East Georgia State College; follow this road until you reach the main campus.

From Atlanta: I-75 South to I-16; I-16 East to exit 90; left on US Highway 1; travel approximately 10.2 miles; turn right on US Highway 1 Business Route / GA 4 Business Route; travel approximately 2.6 miles to Meadowlake Parkway (second traffic light); turn right on Meadowlake Parkway; travel approximately 1 mile to Lambs Bridge Road; continue across Lambs Bridge Road (you will see our sign across the road) and take first left; this is the entrance road to East Georgia State College; follow this road until you reach the main campus.

From Augusta: US Highway 1 South, through Wrens, Louisville, Wadley to Swainsboro. At Swainsboro Bypass, take US Highway 1 Business Route / GA 4 Business Route and continue through town on Highway 1 Business Route / GA 4 Business Route approximately 5.5 miles to Meadowlake Parkway (sixth traffic light); turn left on Meadowlake Parkway; travel approximately 1 mile to Lambs Bridge Road; continue across Lambs Bridge Road (you will see our sign across the road) and take first left; this is the entrance road to East Georgia State College; follow this road until you reach the main campus.

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Luck Flanders Gambrell Building

 

 

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Grand Opening held for Smithsonian exhibition

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On Saturday, March 19, 2016, crowds gathered at East Georgia State College’s Luck F. Gambrell Center to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting at the Smithsonian exhibition of Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.