By Julius Thomas

The Y. C. Nance Memorial Sports Complex Foundation was founded in 2002 by a group of dedicated individuals composed of educators, public servants, business persons, retired individuals, and others.

It includes 20 individuals in Bullock County, and the purpose was to create a playground at South Highlands Middle School. The idea was originated by Julius Thomas, former principal.

The foundation’s goal is to raise funds for the Y. C. Nance Sports Complex’s development and upkeep. A small group of individuals, Nadine Ivy, Ron Smith, Ollie Brown, Roscoe Nance, and Julius Thomas, brainstormed ideas for creating avenues to generate funds.

Through these efforts, the foundation has received private and public donations as well as grants. The playground is named in honor and memory of Y. C. Nance, a County Agent, a dedicated supporter of educational and sports programs for Bullock County’s youth in the 1960’s. This foundation is a 501(C)3 nonprofit federal organization that allows donations to be tax-deductible for donors.

Development and upkeep of the complex involve the costs of maintenance, repairs, installments, labor, and the cost of equipment and supplies.

One of the most important activities the foundation has put on is the Y. C. Nance Union Springs/Bullock County Achievers Awards Banquet.

This banquet honors Bullock County citizens who have made significant contributions to the county or contributions in other areas in which they reside. Also honored are persons from other areas who have made outstanding contributions in Bullock County.

The categories for the awards are; Education, Political Action, Citizenship, Community Service, Humanitarianism, Sportsman, Good Neighbor, and the Y. C. Nance Award. This banquet is held each year on the third Sunday of September.

Expenditures involve but are not limited to communication, awards-plaques, trophies, certificates, set-up, decorations, shipping and handling, publication of the program book, and food preparation.

The foundation has three contracts; postal rental, equipment and material storage, and tax filing to the IRS. Because the foundation is a nonprofit organization, membership is based solely on voluntary participation. Members receive no remuneration for any act of service rendered to the foundation.

We thank you for all of your support. Contributions can be mailed to: Y. C. Nance Memorial Sports Complex Foundation P.O. Box 510 Union Springs, AL 36089.

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