The African American Coaches and Games Officials Athlete Association (AACGOA), the local association established to support the perseverance and achievements of Black athletes and Coaches in Duval County, continues to preserve its legacy in a diverse society.
Recently, the AACGOAA held its 10th annual awards banquet to honor the many contributions of key local athletic leaders that have had a profound impact on students throughout the Duval County School District. Over 200 family and friends attended the event at the Legends Center.
This year’s dinner included a memorial service, welcome and occasion from coaches James Day and Carl Hughes. Attendees were warmed as they listened to the honorees reminisce on their sports programs, experiences and success throughout the years.
“The coaches were a tightly knit group who gave much of their time and talent to mentoring their students,” said Coach William Hines, AACGOAA past president and Ribault Middle School’s first African American Athletic director. He added the legacy and thier contributions still have lasting value.
The complete Class of 2020 awardees are Arnold Jackson, Jonas Milton, Cleve Warren, Monica Gibson, Nathanial Farley, Randy Allen, Mathis Daniels, Edward Green and Arnold James.
The organization meets the second Friday of each month at Joint Heirs Church for an informal breakfast, fellowship and camaraderie.