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Youth football league applauds one of founders

September 05, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

HALFWAY - Surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of young football players, Washington County Junior Football League President Don Davis thanked the current league officers, coaches and advisers for their support Monday on the season's opening day.

"It takes a lot to maintain this league," he said to the crowd of parents and others at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Memorial Park.

And Davis didn't forget the league's roots. He had a stirring tribute for the one surviving founder of the league that is marking its 40th anniversary.

"Back in 1966, four members of the Hagerstown Jaycees started this league," Davis said. "And Frank Linn is still around."

Linn ran to the center of the field to the cheers of those in attendance.

"I hadn't had any kids at that age," Linn said, noting that he had moved to the area from Pennsylvania, where he had been involved in a similar endeavor. "The idea just came up at a Jaycees meeting."

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Linn, an insurance agent, said he joined with three other Jaycees - now all deceased - to get the youth football league started.

"We started meeting, and then we incorporated," with the help of Frederick C. Wright III, a Washington County Circuit Court judge, Linn said.

Linn said there were six teams the first year and they played a seven-game schedule at Municipal Stadium.

"Wright also negotiated the contract with the City of Hagerstown for use of the Municipal Stadium," Linn said.

Once the league was started, invaluable support and financial assistance came from the Washington County Colts Corral and the community at large, Linn said.

"Nobody paid a dime for their uniforms or to play," Linn said.

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