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20UNDER40: Stacy Fowler - Sports Gwinnett, Family Sports and Recreation

20UNDER40: Stacy Fowler

Stacy Fowler is the Adult Athletics Coordinator for Gwinnett County Parks

Stacy Fowler is the Adult Athletics Coordinator for Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation. He has always embraced the popularity of adult sports in Gwinnett County. Since graduating college in 1997 and beginning an internship with Gwinnett County, Stacy has handled all aspects of running the county’s adult athletics – from scheduling each season to coordinating trophies. Impressing everyone in his path, Stacy was hired just a year later, 1998, as a Recreation Leader to assist with all adult softball, adult basketball, and adult volleyball programs. Frankly, Stacy knows the “ins and outs” of adult sports and recreation at the local, district, and state levels.

And Stacy has paid his dues. When the first Youth Athletic Association in GCPR dissolved, Stacy was there to pick up the pieces. He also almost single-handedly rebuilt youth sports in west Gwinnett County, when demographics began changing rapidly.

In January 2008, with the opening of the new “state-of-the-art” Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center, Stacy was promoted to Program Supervisor and oversaw not only Mustang Athletics, but the entire 24,450 square feet center, complete with a gymnasium, walking track, community room, dance studio, and classrooms. His promotions continued regularly, and he has turned the Lucky Shoals Park Community Recreation Center into a “home away from home” for the community.

Stacy has held his current position since September 2009. And he has steadfastly been upgrading adult athletics ever since, including upgrading the softball program, initiating a new user-friendly website, and greatly enhancing Gwinnett County’s adult athletic “word of mouth” reputation. And along the way, he was instrumental in helping Georgia Gwinnett College find a home for several intramural sports.

Lastly, but certainly not least, are Stacy’s recent accomplishments relating to the notions of safety and fundamental fairness in sports. Noticing that some players were using altered bats, Stacy convinced the county to purchase the same machines used by the NCAA to test all bats to ensure uniformity. Gwinnett County was first in the state to adopt the policy in recreation league play. Not content to stop there, Stacy brought the issue to the Georgia Recreation and Park Association, and the policy has been adopted statewide.

It would be truly difficult to articulate Stacy’s personal commitment and the extent of his contributions to Gwinnett County sports and recreation. A Stacy Fowler does not come along very often – the combination of enthusiasm, ingenuity, and “can do” spirit – and Gwinnett County is truly blessed by having him here.

Photography by Jeannine Smith, www.portraitsnap.com, for our magazine photoshoot.

Reg L. Carver
Reg is a freelance writer and photographer from Johns Creek, Georgia. He is the author of Jazz Profiles: The Spirit of the Nineties (Billboard Books 1998), which was nominated for the Ralph J. Gleason Award for excellence in music writing. He is also the author of Walking Up Lombard:My Long Journey Home (AuthorHouse 2012), a memoir of his journey through major depression and healing. You can find him at www.reglcarver.com and www.500px.com/RegLCarver.

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