Thomaston Mayor J.D. Stallings and City Manager Russell Thompson raised more than $2,000 last week to fund a trip to the state championship for two local youth all-star basketball teams.

Without the help of city officials and several generous donors, many of the players would not have been able to participate and would have missed an opportunity to compete with their teammates at the state level.

Donors include John Eddlemon of ESG Operations, Trey Gavin of ESG Engineering, District 3 Councilman Ryan Tucker, Mayor Pro Tempore Doug Head, Shane Phillips of Century-21 Adams-Harvey & Associates, Scott Boatright of McGriff Insurance Services, The Upson Beacon, and Kim and David Millen.

Friday night accommodations have been booked for both Thomaston-Upson Recreation Department teams, the girls’ U10 all-stars (in Carrollton) and boys’ U12 all-stars (in Hapeville), by Mayor Stallings. Reservations include breakfast Saturday for all players and coaches.

Thomaston Chick-fil-A donated 26 full meal cards for all players and coaches which can be used for dinner Friday night.

The boys, coached by Danassius Walker, play first on Friday night. With a win, they will compete in the championship game Saturday. The girls, coached by Jackie Traylor, play Saturday morning. With a win, they will advance to the championship game later the same day.

Transportation to and from games also will be funded.

Beacon Publisher Debbie McClain is arranging for any additional snacks, drinks, and toiletries needed for the teams.

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