Vernon athletic director visits city council

Published: Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at 08:05 AM.

VERNON — City Council members met Vernon High School Athletic Director Bobby Johns Monday night when he stopped by to visit the council’s workshop at Vernon City Hall.

“I want to be involved as much as I can with the kids,” Johns said. “Small towns are special, and pretty much everyone interested in these programs does it for the kids and for their community.”

Johns said early sports program such as T-ball and pee wee football, which are sponsored by the city of Vernon’s Parks and Recreation Department, are essential in helping children grow into responsible, well-functioning adults.

“We have hundreds of kids come out for the youth programs, then sometimes when it gets to the varsity level, you have trouble getting enough to come out to make a team,” Johns said. He would like to work with the community in maintaining children’s interest in athletics.

The school system can be an important part of a community, especially in small towns. “We are really lucky to have a school in as small a town as Vernon,” Johns said.

“I want to do whatever I can to make sure we have a good relationship between our programs,” Johns said. “There may be some times when we need to use one of the city’s facilities, or the city may need to use one of our facilities at the school. Whatever it is, just call me and I will be glad to help.”

Council member Tray Hawkins, who introduced Johns to the council, said Johns’ enthusiasm has already made a difference in the football  program at Vernon High School.

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