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District to honor
of Pasadena sports and youth
Throughout the years, Pasadena ISD high school
football players, coaches, cheerleaders and members of the band and
drill teams have all shared one thing in common.
They all know "Walter."
Walter Woodard was known as "the biggest fan of
Pasadena sports." He attended almost every football game for the past
three decades and was even honorary coach of the 1973 World Series Colt
League baseball All-Star team.
For his dedication and support of the Pasadena
schools over the years, the Pasadena ISD Board of Trustees will present
Woodard with a special commendation at their regular monthly meeting at
7 p.m., Nov. 18 at the district's Administration Building, 1515
Cherrybrook. A reception will be held for Woodard at 6:30 p.m. before
At an early age, Walter enjoyed the camaraderie and
excitement of local sports. From leading the band at halftime to
coaching the team on the sidelines, Walter was an important part of
every high school game.
"Walter was our biggest fan, our largest supporter,
our word of encouragement and our motivation," said Fred Roberts, Board
Member and Pasadena High School alumnus. "There is not a student alive
starting back from the late 50's to the 90's that did not know Walter."
Woodard enrolled in Pasadena Schools in 1958 at the
age of 12. His education included years at San Jacinto Intermediate,
Pasadena High School then moving to Sam Rayburn High School when it
opened. He graduated from Sam Rayburn in 1966.
Woodard's sister-in-law Claudett Woodard said
Walter fondly remembers coaches Ray Cleckler, Bob Barfield, Buddy Caulk
and Bobby Graham. His other favorite instructors were junior high math
teacher Grace Grantham, physical education teacher Odell Harrison and
his junior high science teacher Ms. Kirkpatrick.
The City of Pasadena recently honored Woodard at a
special ceremony renaming the Toys for Tots Softball Tournament as the
Walter Woodard Toys for Tots Softball Tournament. Pasadena Mayor Johnny
Isbell describes Woodard as an "icon" in the community who is known for
his support of youth baseball and other sports, as well as work with the
Muscular Dystrophy Association, city food drives and other community
"Countless youth baseball, basketball and football
players in our community will no doubt hold fond memories of 'Coach'
Walter who cheered them on to victories, reprimanded them when
necessary, routinely called 'foul ball' during baseball games and
reminded players to tuck in their shirttails," Isbell said in the city's
Woodard was present at the softball tournament to
accept a trophy from the city that stood as tall as his lanky frame, but
poor health has kept him away from the football stadium and baseball
fields to cheer on the student-athletes.
"We believe such a special individual should be
publicly recognized and commended for his outstanding devotion," said
Dr. Kirk Lewis, Pasadena ISD superintendent. "His spirit and enthusiasm
are contagious and will live on forever."
Walter loves to receive cards and letters. They can
be sent to him at Friendswood Health Care Center, 213 E. Heritage Drive,
Friendswood, TX. 77546.