The Delta Cultural Center in Helena is hosting a symposium entitled “Sports in the Delta,” to be held in conjunction with the DCC's current exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” The event will be held tonight, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Beth El Heritage Hall, 405 Perry St. The event is free and open to the public.

The Delta Cultural Center in Helena is hosting a symposium entitled “Sports in the Delta,” to be held in conjunction with the DCC’s current exhibit, “Hometown Teams.” The event will be held tonight, from 6 to 7 p.m. at Beth El Heritage Hall, 405 Perry St. The event is free and open to the public.

Several former athletes, coaches, and officials will serve on the panel for the symposium, including James Bell, Danny Cooperwood, Dr. Wilbert Gaines and Sonja Tate.

James Bell was born in Helena, and became an all-round athlete, playing for the Ravens Negro Baseball League at 15 years of age. He broke records playing baseball and football, becoming a star player on the Eliza Miller Golden Buccaneer team. He refereed throughout the Mid-South and still umpires for Little League teams.

Danny Cooperwood was a 1970s member of the Eliza Miller Golden Buccaneers. He earned a starting role mid-season his eighth grade year and maintained it through his 12th grade season. Cooperwood continued his training at Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena, Mississippi. There he obtained the bachelor of science degree and was a member of the football team. He later became a coach, school administrator and minister He currently serves as an administrator for the DeSoto County, Mississippi Schools.

Dr. Wilbert Gaines has had a long and prolific career in the field of sports. In high school, he played for the Helena Ravens Negro Baseball League and for the Eliza Miller Golden Buccaneers. He is emeritus associate professor of physical education at Arkansas State University. Gaines is also a member of the Arkansas Officiating Association Hall of Fame.

Sonja Tate was born in Hughes (St. Francis County). She played Junior high basketball in West Memphis where she was a starter on her varsity basketball team by the end of the 10th grade year. Tate was named co-newcomer of the year in the American South Conference. She earned All-American South Conference honors as a sophomore and All-Sun Belt Conference honors as a junior and senior.

In college, she became one of the leading scorers in ASU history, including a 50-point outing against University of Louisiana-Lafayette during the 1992-93 season. Tate was also an All-American in track, setting the world record in decathlon with 5,247 points. Tate played for the American Basketball League for the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. She was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.

A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation.

For more information contact the DCC at 1-800-358-0972, or info@deltaculturalcenter.com.