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On Sunday July 21, 2013 from 4;30-6:00 pm at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame the U.S. YOUTH GAMES ( will have its inaugural Pioneer Award Presentation.  At this time U.S. YOUTH GAMES  which has been a youth program since 1967 and was the first racial and coed integrated team program sponsored by the City of Birmingham will honor 6 outstanding individuals as Pioneers in diversity and inclusion in youth sports in Birmingham. Honorees will be presented with a special award designed by a local artist and recognized for their outstanding service.  Attached are bios and invitation for the event. 

This year's honorees are Wendell Hudson- First African American male basketball player at the University of Alabama and an SEC MVP and All American who has gone on to a distinguished coaching and administrative career Vonetta Flowers who followed her amazing career as a Youth Game track athlete and collegian to success in the Winter Olympics Bobsled as the first black woman to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics Walter Garret a record setting basketball player at West End who went on to a distinguished career as an administrator with Birmingham parks and Recreation and was the first basketball coach for Youth Games and first coach of an integrated Birmingham team.  

Sandra Murray was the first girl to play and start for a varsity boys basketball team when she played at Glenn because there were no girls teams.  She became the first Alabama woman to play women's basketball and went on to a distinguished career in service to her country Ralph Williams a star basketball player, winning coach distinguished teacher in Birmingham for many year.  Ralph also participated in the,"Children's march" in 1963 and was arrested for demonstrating for equal rights.

Edgar Weldon a local successful businessman who founded the Birmingham Athletic partnerships which has sponsored and supported Birmingham city school athletes and band programs by soliciting support and donation from businesses throughout the metro area.


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