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SIMPSON PARK GYMNASIUM TO BE DEDICATED IN HONOR OF COACH MAC

 

LAKELAND, FL (June 12, 2013) -- At 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 15th the City of Lakeland will dedicate the gymnasium at Simpson Park in honor of Sylvester Douglas McArthur, known by many as Coach Mac who passed away February 2011 at the age of 75.  McArthur dedicated over 40 years to the betterment of his community through coaching and mentoring at risk youth. 

 

He was employed by the Polk County School Board for 26 years and the City of Lakeland for 15 years.  It was during this tenure as coach and recreation supervisor that he helped shape the lives of numerous young men and women. McArthur taught many children how to swim at Simpson Park Pool. He also was a football and basketball coach at Rochelle High and Lakeland Senior High.

 

Marquis Roberts, Recreation Supervisor II at Simpson Park Recreation Complex said, “I use to come to Simpson Park as a kid and I had some great positive role models like Coach Mac.  I saw how he dealt with the kids and I knew then that I wanted to be like him.”  He added, “Coach Mac was definitely an influence that helped shape me to be the man I am today and now I’m a Recreation Supervisor at the very same place where Coach Mac helped guide me.”

 

McArthur was a pillar in the African American community and a faithful member of Rose Heights Lodge 318. He was a major influence for a number of athletes from Lakeland to attend college and he assisted many to attend his beloved Bethune-Cookman University.

 

For all Coach Mac’s hard work and dedication to the City of Lakeland the Gymnasium will be dedicated in his honor on June 15, 2013 at 1 p.m.  The Simpson Park Community Center is located at 1725 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. 

 

For more information regarding the City of Lakeland and the Parks & Recreation Department, visit www.lakelandgov.net.  Follow the City of Lakeland through social media by searching City of Lakeland once you are logged-into Face Book or follow us on Twitter @ lakelandgov.

 

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