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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Two honored for long-time support of Fort Thomas Junior Football

Two individuals were honored at the September 7 Fort Thomas Junior Football League games for their longtime support of the youth organization.

Dr. Nick Gates of OrthoCincy and Sue "Bird" Abner, were recognized for their dedication and partnership over the years.

Gates has been affiliated with Fort Thomas Junior Football for over 20 years with Orthocincy participating as the league's lead sponsor for many years.

"His dedication to all of the players and coaches over the years is greatly appreciated," said Tom New, league president.  "Every year he comes and speaks to the coaches, educating and explaining the safety of the game. Dr. Gates has been a great partner and mentor to many over the years."

Sue "Bird" Abner has been a fervent supporter of the league for years.

New went over some of her statistics as it relates to Fort Thomas Junior Football:

- Ranked in Top 10 in community for games watched
- Ranked in Top 10 giving advice to coaches and referees
- Four boys that played in the league and Highlands High School, one of which went on to play college football.
- Six grandchildren who played in the league, two of which went on to play college football

In appreciation of Abner and Gates, the league honored them with a lifetime membership to the Fort Thomas Junior football league.

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