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Posted On: Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The Y.C. Nance Memorial Sports Complex is the brainchild of the South Highlands Middle School principal, Julius Thomas. It was built to honor the memory of one of Bullock County’s most dedicated citizen, Y.C. Nance, who died in 1966. The complex was built to provide a much-needed athletic and recreation facility for youth in the county.
Mr. Nance, a long-time Extension Service Agent for Bullock County, was deeply involved with youth recreation in Bullock County, and he was a staunch supporter of the public schools.
The ground-breaking for the complex was in April 2002, and the complex was dedicated during ceremonies in September, 2005. The complex includes an outdoor basketball/volleyball court, a tennis court and a gymnasium. Upon completion, it will also include a softball field, football field and a track, as well playground equipment. The complex serves as a physical education facility for students at South Highlands, enabling them to learn the fundamentals of all sports on regulation courts and fields. It also provides a recreation facility for youth throughout Bullock County to develop physically.
The idea for a sports complex was born of South Highlands' need for a physical education facility. Principal Thomas thought that it would be appropriate if the facility were named in honor of Mr. Nance in light of his contributions to Bullock County in his role as Extension Service Agent and a concerned citizen. Mr. Nance organized the first baseball teams in the county for black youths and fielded teams at the Little League, Pony League Babe Ruth League levels. He also was scout master for Troop 87 of the Boy Scouts of America. At various times he served as president of the Carver High Band Boosters Club, Quarterback Club and PTA and was responsible for construction of Thornton-Foster Stadium, the home of the Bullock County High Hornets football team.