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Houseman Rec Center pays tribute to longtime leader

End of an era: Con­nie Sum­merow (cen­ter), who re­tired as the fa­cil­ity su­per­visor at House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, was re­cently honored at a ban­quet. She was joined by cowork­ers, from left, Scham­ina Al­len, Joyce Moore, Sh­ioban Siegle and Mike McGov­ern. TOM WAR­ING / TIMES PHOTO

The House­man Re­cre­ation Cen­ter-based Philly Tar Heels 16-and-un­der bas­ket­ball team cel­eb­rated its city cham­pi­on­ship at a re­cent ban­quet and awards ce­re­mony.

The un­defeated Tar Heels also used the oc­ca­sion to hon­or re­tir­ing re­cre­ation lead­er Con­nie Sum­merow.

The cham­pi­on­ship play­ers are Hug­zer Sygney, Most Valu­able Play­er El­mange Wat­son, Jah­mir Taylor, Alex Rodrig­uez, Mo­hammad Samara, Isai­ah Wat­son, James Bish­op, Shak­ur Jones, Quintin Graves, Id­ris Shep­pard and Dwine Walls. Their motto was, “One Team, One Goal, No Ex­cuses.” They re­ceived medal­lions and rings.

The team is coached by Ed Drayton and as­sist­ants Micah Max­ton and Lamar Drayton.

The ban­quet, held June 7 at the A-Lounge in Felton­ville, fea­tured din­ner, drinks, cakes, mu­sic, dan­cing and trib­utes to Sum­merow, whose last day as House­man fa­cil­ity su­per­visor was June 14.

The Tar Heels and Sum­merow’s De­part­ment of Re­cre­ation col­leagues roas­ted her, jok­ing about her iron-fis­ted ways, but adding that she did it in a lov­ing and caring way. They agreed they will miss the wo­man af­fec­tion­ately known as “Miss Con­nie.” She re­ceived a cham­pi­on­ship medal­lion and a plaque from “The House­man Fam­ily.”

Sum­merow said she’ll be avail­able to help the House­man staff in any way they need. She joked that she will run for may­or to guar­an­tee that House­man, loc­ated at Sum­mer­dale and God­frey av­en­ues, gets some much-needed play equip­ment and im­prove­ments to the out­door bas­ket­ball courts. ••

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