By Toni Stauffer
Charlean Tolbert Crowell, head coach and founder of the Lower Russell County Youth Club, received the honor of proclamation by the Russell County Commission on May 22. Crowell, born and raised in Hurtsboro, has been married to her husband, Thad, a former WestRock employee, for 48 years. She has worked diligently to give back to her community by providing a structured, positive, and supportive environment for children in Bullock, Macon, and Russell Counties.
In 1990, Crowell established the club as an alternative option for children being products of the streets. Through the LRCYC, Crowell established an Amateur Athletic Union basketball program that has grown by leaps and bounds to become the state champions in 2017.
Crowell has positively impacted the lives of hundreds of children by providing motivation, leadership, and guidance; her influence resulting in the development of better citizens by teaching life lessons through sports.
In April 2019, the Positive Coaching Alliance recognized Crowell for her selfless work with children after receiving an online nomination from Crowell’s daughter Tiffany, a chemical engineer in Charleston, S.C. Crowell traveled to Santa Clara University in California to participate in the recognition program. She was selected from among approximately 900 national applicants as the first Positive Coaching Alliance $10,000 Grand Prize winner and was honored on Good Morning America.
“The Positive Coaching Alliance teaches the athlete to be a better citizen. That’s what we’ve always tried to do…It’s for the children. It’s not about me,” Crowell said as she received the proclamation. “There are children in the county who are very talented.” She said the county has never let them down. “Russell County represents well wherever we go,” she added, thanking everyone.