Fifty-seven football players, 34 cheerleaders and scores of parents will end the season this Friday for the Harrowgate Athletic Association football program with its final game, but it is just the beginning for a rebuilding program for an association that began with the Chesterfield County Quarterback League in the 1950s.
The current Harrowgate Athletic Association has been forced to rebuild the program after a previous board’s mismanagement.
To end the season and begin the next, the association held a pep-rally before their Homecoming game last Friday, not just to encourage the teams for a win, but to have a fun outing for the kids and their families and to encourage the rebuilding of a program for a community that is continuely growing.
Casey Green, president of the association, is eager to rebuild the program and is excited with the family participation from the community. “It is a great organization and truly a family effort,” he said. There are a lot of good families involved that are for our kids and I am very proud of the parents that have stepped-up and chipped-in, not just for their kids but all the kids. That’s touching.”
Tim Casey, vice president of the association is one of the head coaches for the softball program. “We have always had one of the strongest teams on the Southside,” he said. “We have always played in the payoffs.”
Reorganizing this fall is a basketball program for boys. Shunta Johnson, director and Morgan Lawrence, coordinator, has been spending every evening from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Harrowgate Park signing up boys seven to 18 to play basketball. Last day to register at the field is this Saturday, Oct. 26. Registration will continue online at www.leaguelineup.com/harrowgate  basketball. Practice begins in November for the Harrowgate Heat teams with games starting in January. “We want a place for our children to play basketball in the community,” said Johnson. “It’s all about bringing new parents in [to the association], rebranding and making it a healthier environment for our community.”
Along with parents and their support, Casey said the association could not move forward without the help of their community partners. One of their largest expenses for next year will be the purchase of 40 new football helmets for their program. “According to NFL guidelines for Little League programs, helmets are to be replaced every nine years,” he said. “We are thankful for our community partners to help us through these cycle periods.”
For more information about the Harrowgate Athletic Association visit www.harrowgateathleticassociation.com .