Honoring Coach Wayne Owens

In partnership with Valdese Parks and Recreation Department, Valdese native, David Brinkley is inviting you to help him in his desire to honor long time coach, Wayne Owens. Wayne Owens was a tremendous friend, leader, and champion for Valdese youth athletics and the Valdese Community Center throughout the late 1950’s through the early 1970’s.  In tribute to Mr. Owens, David Brinkley has championed a project to renovate the gymnasium at the Valdese Community Center in Owen’s honor.  The cost of the renovation is estimated to be in the range of $300,000 - $350,000.  The planned renovations include, new flooring, six new basketball goals, new bleachers, wall padding, gym dividing curtain, scoreboards, and lobby renovation. A recognition board will celebrate major contributions alongside a display honoring Coach Owens.  Coach Owens is known as a Valdese basketball legend.  His contributions to students in the community serve as a fond memory for many still today.  With your help, Coach Owen’s memory will be celebrated and never forgotten.

Giving levels for special recognition on the Facebook page and our website:

Assist Leaders $200 - $499

2 Pointers $500 - $999

3 Pointers $1,000 - $4,999

Buzzer Beaters $5,000 - $9,999

MVP's $10,000 - $24,999

Champions $25,000 - $49,999

Hall of Famers $50.000+


Donations can be made by check: 

Make check out to: Town of Valdese - Wayne Owens Gym Project 

Mail to: Valdese Parks & Recreation Department PO Box 339 Valdese, NC 28690

Donations can be made online: 

All donations are tax deductable. 

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