Your View: Guest Column - Thanks for making public housing event successful

Jun. 06, 2014 @ 08:52 PM

BY ANGELA G. MCGILL

Recently, the Housing Authority of the City of High Point (HPHA) Panther’s basketball team participated for the second year and hosted for the first time the Public Housing Authority State Athletic/Activities Conference (PHASAC) state tournament at the Hartley YMCA and High Point University.
If you had the opportunity to come out to the games, you were fortunate to have witnessed young athletics, ages 14-17, from across North Carolina compete at their best with heart, determination and fortitude.
On behalf of the HPHA, we want to thank the Hartley YMCA for hosting our games on Friday and Saturday and to High Point University for hosting Sunday’s games. We are very fortunate to have partners such as these two great organizations in High Point that showcased their great facilities and allowed our young men to exhibit their many skills and talents.
The HPHA Panthers did not win the tournament, but we believe they won the hearts of all the spectators who witnessed their great efforts. The team may be small in stature and young in years, but they stood up like mighty giants.
Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the team was left without a coach during the tournament. Everyone witnessed the heart of the team and of the outstanding High Point Police Department (HPPD) Housing Unit Officers B. K. Garrett, David Inthisane and Brian Hilliard. The High Point Housing Authority Panthers demonstrated true courage, sportsmanship, leadership, and perseverance despite this tremendous challenge. When the HPPD Housing Unit Officers recognized the team was without a coach, they didn’t hesitate to step in and lead the team! This was a very heartfelt and proud moment for all who witnessed. As one of the Panthers team members stated, “We are the Peoples Champion.” I must agree!
Thank you High Point Housing Authority Panthers, High Point Police Department, Hartley YMCA, and High Point University. The other teams witnessed a part of what makes our community so great!

Angela G. McGill is chief executive officer of the Housing Authority of the City of High Point.

HPU is an economic boost for High Point
High Point University is an amazing asset for High Point!
The faculty, staff, administrators, coaches and students come from all over the world to call High Point home. They live, work, play, worship and volunteer in our community. They purchase homes; they send their children to schools; they join churches; they contribute to the United Way of Greater High Point and other charitable causes; they enjoy the arts and they support our local businesses.
The campus itself is spectacular, and the positive energy spreads throughout the city. The new programs in health sciences and pharmacy will create more than 100 new positions at the university and will add 700 more well-qualified students.
Keep growing, High Point University! You are great for High Point!
NANCY LANEY
High Point

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