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Recreation and Parks - April 16, 2018

The public is invited to join city officials Thursday evening, April 19, as they formally name the gymnasium at Hanes Hosiery Community Center in honor of retired center director Art Blevins.  The ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. at the center, 501 Reynolds Blvd., Winston-Salem. 

City officials and Blevins will offer remarks, the Mo Lucas Foundation Drummers will perform and an "Art Blevins Gymnasium" mural will be unveiled.

Blevins retired May 31, 2017. Over the course of his 38-year-career with the Recreation and Parks Department, Blevins served three generations of Winston-Salem residents and received 18 awards and honors from state and local organizations, including the Winston-Salem Chronicle Carl Russell Lifetime Achievement Award and the city of Winston-Salem Employee of the Year award.

Blevins spent the last 25 years of his career as director of the Hanes Hosiery Community Center, where he was widely praised for his work with city youth.  As director, he started winter and summer youth basketball leagues, and organized the Hang the Net basketball shooting competition and a slam-dunk competition for standout college and high school players in the area.

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