From football and basketball to soccer and track and field, there is no doubt about it, Americans love sports. No matter the sport, locals come in droves to cheer for their favorite athletes and teams. In that spirit, the Smithsonian Institution has instituted a traveling exhibit called, Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America. On Saturday, March 4 at 4 p.m., Fort Valley State University will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the C.W. Pettigrew Center. Georgia Sports Hall of Fame Coach Bill Curry is the keynote speaker.
Curry was a two-time Pro Bowl center and a three-time NFL champion, including victories in Super Bowls I and V. Most recently, he was the head coach at Georgia State University, which began competing in college football in 2010. Curry has also worked as a football analyst for ESPN.
The exhibit stop in Fort Valley is a part of the five-year-long tour schedule consisting of 130 small towns in 30 states. The exhibit highlights Fort Valley’s ties to many sports, including football, track and field, golf, basketball, volleyball, tennis, swimming, baseball and softball.
“This is an excellent opportunity for Fort Valley State University and the city of Fort Valley to work together,” said Dr. Dawn Herd-Clark, event organizer and chair of the Department of History, Geography, Political Science and Criminal Justice at FVSU.
Herd-Clark partnered with the city and the Austin Theater Enrichment Arts Alliance, Inc. in Fort Valley to bring the exhibit to Peach County.
The professor is eager to showcase all that she and her students have acquired for the exhibit. “We are excited to share the rich sports history of Peach County with the rest of the middle Georgia area. Visitors will get to see artifacts from Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley High School, Henry A. Hunt High School and Peach County High School from the early 1900s to present,” she added.
Visitors are welcome to visit the exhibit Monday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The exhibit ends on April 15.