Coaches and Officials Group Celebrate Duval’s Athletic Icons

The African American Coaches and Games Officials Association (AACGOAA) was established to ensure the perseverance of Black athletes and the cultural achievements of African Americans in Duval County. The idea for the organization was the brainchild of local coaches Earl Kitchings, Dr. Jimmie Johnson, Dr. Alvin White and others.

Recently, AACGOAA held its 9th annual awards banquet to honor the many contributions of key local 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. Guests enjoyed dinner and reminisced on their sports programs and success throughout the years.

This year’s dinner included a memorial service, welcome and occasion from coaches James Day and Carl Hughes.  Coaches James Hall and Nathanial Washington presented the awards to honorees.

According to Coach William Hines, AACGOAA past president and Ribault Middle School’s first African American Athletic director, “The coaches were a tightly knit group who gave much of their time and talent to mentoring their students.” The organization meets informally on the second Friday of each month to eat breakfast and enjoy fellowship.

Shown are honorees Other honorees included: Athletes Category: Albert Chester, Sr., Nathanial Glover, Joy Hair, James Collins, Nathan Graddick, Wesley hair, Calvin Holland and Herbert Nixon; Coaches Category: Glenn Davis, Booker Hill, Edward Robinson, Sr., Walter Fulton, Shawn Jefferson, Larry Roziers and Recreation Category: Daryl Joseph.

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