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State rallies behind Valdosta in Title Town race

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By Alicia Eakin - bio | email

July 21, 2008

VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - State leaders have rallied around Lowndes County as the community continues its quest to be named Title Town USA.

Governor Sonny Perdue issued a proclaimation congratulating Valdosta on being designated one of ESPN's top 20 sports communities in the nation.

It said Winnersville's 439 championship so far has made the city worthy of the honor of being named ESPN's TitleTown USA.

State Senator Tim Golden and Valdosta Mayor John Fretti have also released statements, urging everyone in the city, county and state to log on to ESPN.com this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and vote Valdosta to be named Title Town USA.  The Title Town winner will be announced July 27th.

The proclaimation reads as follows:

ESPN TITLETOWN FINALIST

WHEREAS: Valdosta, Georgia has been selected out of more than 3,000 applicants nationwide as one of ESPN's 20 finalists to be voted on as America's TitleTown. Valdosta is synonymous with champions and is the epitome of TitleTown USA. Throughout the city's illustrious history in athletics, Valdosta, in Lowndes County, has produced 439 championships so far, most notably from Valdosta High School, Lowndes High School and Valdosta State University. The town is appropriately nicknamed, "Winnersville;" and

WHEREAS: Valdosta High School, over the past 86 years, has established itself as the winningest high school football team ever, amassing 838 victories, with an overall winning percentage of over 80%. In their history, the Wildcats have captured 40 region championships, 23 state championships, and 6 national titles; and

WHEREAS: Lowndes High School has also had its fair share of success on the football field. The Lowndes High School Vikings are the reigning Class AAAAA state champion and have 5 state titles to their name, most notably winning 3 out of the last 4 state championships; and

WHEREAS: Valdosta's tradition of winning titles has not been achieved only at the high school level. Valdosta State University is the reigning Division II Football National Champion. The Blazers also have an additional national title to their credit, having won this honor in 2004; now

THEREFORE: I, SONNY PERDUE, Governor of the State of Georgia, do hereby recognize and commend the city of Valdosta as a city worthy of the honor of being named ESPN's TitleTown USA. The community's athletic achievements have been nationally recognized, and, through their many accomplishments, each championship team has been a fine ambassador for the state of Georgia throughout this great nation. Valdosta, Georgia will forever be known as "Winnersville," but with the help of the people of Georgia, as well as sports fans throughout the nation, it may also be appropriately given the honor of being named ESPN's TitleTown USA.

In witness thereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the Executive Department to be affixed this 16th day of July in the year of our Lord two thousand eight.

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