Darren Doyle, story:
If you're wondering whether or not youth football is still around in Edmonson County, wonder no more because it's time for sign-ups and a new league director is working hard to move the upcoming season into place.
Travis Seabolt, the newly-named director, said he's looking to take the same positive attitude that's helped the program operate successfully over many years and continue to build for the future.
"The program has been run very well over the years," he said. "We just want to take what we have and build on it. Several people have said they've heard there wouldn't be a program this year, but that's not the case. We've got a lot of people working hard to make it happen. I'm really just handling the business side of things."
He said one of the changes made to this year's policy is incorporating full background checks on all potential coaches. He's also in the process of making the league an official organized non-profit organization.
Seabolt, a 2003 graduate of ECHS who grew up in Bee Spring, credited many volunteers, football enthusiasts, and those looking to help provide kids opportunities, for helping bring everything together so far.
"Wildcat Head Coach Nathan Smith and Athletic Director Kyle Pierce have been a huge help in this," said Seabolt.
He also said that when the director's position came available, his own two sons provided all the motivation necessary for him to do his part to keep the program moving forward.
"My two boys are the biggest reasons for me doing this," he said. "I want to be there for them and all the other kids here, too. There's not a lot for kids to do here anyway, so there was no way I was going to let something else here fade away. You know, it's because of people like Greg (Hudson) with Parks and Rec that work hard to bring opportunities here for our kids' activities and I want to see those things continue."
Seabolt's older brother, Chris, a 1993 graduate of ECHS, is the head football coach at Greenwood High School.
"I'm a football fan and I just want to be a part of it. Sometimes I think I've bitten off more than I can chew, but I'll just keep chewing. Thanks to all the people helping, I feel really good about the the program and the community effort so far is very much appreciated."
Seabolt lives in Chalybeate with his wife, Amberly, and their two sons.
Ages for the league are K through 6th grade. You can download the PDF sign-up sheet or print the flyer below.