Many Hamilton County schools cope with inadequate or missing athletic facilities

photo Henry Slayton, vice president of the Howard Alumni Association and a 1966 graduate of the school, and Donald McDaniel, a 1972 graduate, scrape paint off stadium steps as part of an alumni-driven overhaul on Saturday. "There used to be a lot of pride in this school and especially in the football program," Slayton said. "It was an honor to be on the Howard football team even if you were sitting on the bench." Alumni are working to rehab the stadium in hopes of restoring that school pride.

photo Cracks are visible in the old concrete stands at Tyner Academy's football stadium.

Athletic boosters maintain that there are as many lessons to be learned on the field as in the classroom.