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Volunteers Recognized by the City of Rock Hill

Post Date:04/12/2018 10:51 AM


Photo Left to Right:   PRT Director John Taylor, City Councilmember Kathy Pender,
Joyce Simpson, Bradley Sabelli, Arthur Philson, Gay Pickel and Mayor John Gettys.

The City of Rock Hill recently thanked the hundreds of volunteers who assisted the Parks, Recreation and Tourism (PRT) Department in 2017. Volunteers gave a total of 17,000+ hours of volunteer service to parks and programs in 2017. Without these volunteers sharing their time and talents, PRT could not provide a high level of programming and services to the community. Special recognition was given to these individuals and groups:  

Bradley Sabelli received the Julia Post Activities Award which is dedicated to preserving the social and cultural well-being of the community. He has been involved in PRT programs for 5 years teaching art classes and volunteering at Fewell Park. 

Arthur Philson received the GC Ray Athletic Award for his dedication to promoting and teaching athletics. He has coached and taught youth baseball and football for 10 years, serves on the Baseball Advisory Committee and volunteers with several organizations, including Worthy Boys Camp and Special Olympics.

Gay Pickel received the Hiram Hutchison Therapeutic Award for her dedication to providing recreation services to the special population in the area for over 30 years. She is a regular visitor to Camp Arc and has volunteered at Kinder Arc for four years. She also regularly volunteers for other events including the Area 11 Special Olympics. 

The 2017 UCI BMX World Championships Local Organizing Committee (LOC) was the recipient of the Betty Jo Rhea Tourism Award for their promotion of tourism in Rock Hill. The 2017 UCI BMX World Championships is thought to be the largest international sports event in South Carolina history. The event generated an estimated $19.2 million direct economic impact from 19,400 attendees and 3,700 riders from 48 countries. 

Joyce Simpson received the David Boone Advisory Award for her dedication to providing volunteer services to PRT advisory committees. While serving many other community groups, Joyce helped PRT by assisting with the formation of the Accommodations Tax (ATAX) Tourism Commission in the mid 80’s and then serving on that Commission for over 26 years.

Guest speaker, Mayor John Gettys, spoke about the impact volunteers have and how important volunteerism is to Rock Hill.  For more information about volunteering with PRT, check out or call 803-329-5620.