|Wilbur Whitfield has been involved in the sports scene in Macon for more than 5 decades. The 1959 Ballard Hudson High School graduate, who received his college degree from Fort Valley State in 1972 assisted in organizing the Macon Track Running club at Macon State College in the early 1970's and was the Club's first black member. He has competed in virtually every Road Race in the state and participated in Macon's first Labor Day Event. He was a major contributor in the startup of the Macon Police Department's Police Athletic League and was the group's first director. Whitfield also organized and developed the first Southeastern Regional AAU Boys Basketball tournament. He has made his mark in both officiating and coaching. He was the first black softball and first black soccer official in Macon. As a coach, his teams have won over 1,200 basketball games, including 6 National Championships. He has coached Little League Baseball, Football, Girls softball, boys and girls golf and tennis, flag football and track and field as well as basketball. In his more than 50 years as a coach, mentor and counselor for youth in the Macon Community he has worked with more than 5,000 young people.