An 11-year veteran of the Newton County Recreation Commission will end his tenure on Nov. 1.
Recreation Coordinator Sherman Graves will leave his post with the Commission this week after spending over a decade serving the youths of Newton County.
As Recreation Coordinator, Graves was responsible for setting up league schedules, divisions and age groups for all of Newton County's recreation leagues.
"I've enjoyed my time as the Recreation Coordinator here in Newton County," Graves said. "My favorite part has always been working with our youth in Newton County, just watching their development and growth throughout our programs.
"I've been fortunate to be here for a decade, and I've seen kids grow from 5 years old on up," he said. "It's been a pleasure watching our kids grow into adults through our program."
Graves, who has had two children of his own grow up through Newton County Recreation Commission sports leagues, said that the Commission does an excellent job of providing families a place to spend time together.
"I've had the opportunities to watch families grow and develop, as well," he said. "You'll go out to some game and there are three generations out at a game. They are very appreciative to have the chance to do something together."
Graves said he is retiring to spend more time with his family after serving Newton County for the past 11 years.
"Working with the Recreation Commission means nights, weekends, and sometimes holidays," Graves said. "I want to spend more time with my grandchildren and my wife. They've been with me a lot and supported me, and I want to give them back the time they've given to me."
Graves said that Newton County residents should know that the Recreation Commission has a staff dedicated to serving them.
"We have a great staff," Graves said. "We have lost a lot, but they are still here. The staff cares about the kids in this community."