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Morgantown City Council Announces 2014: "Year of Community Sports"

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Most people know about the sports programs at WVU from it's event venues to the legendary athletes. But most people don't realize is that the University city of Morgantown has it's own rich sports history. But the city is trying to change that all this year.

"The idea basically is to bring the community together and look at sports, what do sports mean to us, and so forth, and bring the community in and participate," said Michael Mackert from the Morgantown History Museum. "That's why we were so fortunate that city council decided to declare the year of 2014, the year of community sports."

The proclamation was only the first step to make a Smithsonian Exhibition come to life at the Morgantown History Museum.

Harald "Swifty" Shaver, the President of the Friends of Morgantown History Museum, is asking Monongalia County schools and community members to donate or loan anything about community sports.

"This is an opportunity for the people of Morgantown to come together and tell their stories," said Shaver. "About when we were out on the block playing wiffle ball, and kick the can, and marbles, and that type of thing."

It won't just be basketball and football represented.

"All kinds of sports represented, hockey, table tennis, marbles, soccer, hiking, biking..." continued Mackert.

Shaver is looking for anything to add to the exhibit.

"Anything. Ball gloves, old uniforms, documents, pictures, anything like that grandma or grandpa had in their closet or in their attic," said Shaver. "Like I said, they can be loaned or donated."

If you would like to make any contributions to the exhibit contact the Morgantown History Museum.

"I think the people of Morgantown should come to this exhibit," said Shaver. "Because it's really going to be special."

The exhibit will take around six months to prepare. It will be on display in October.

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