Bounds, H.S. - 1968
Bounds was a pioneer of athletic and recreation programs in Savannah, serving as Superintendent of City Recreation for more than 25 years (1924-1949). During his tenure, despite a limited budget, the number of playgrounds in the city rose from three to twenty seven. In addition, two swimming pools, two recreation centers, a teenage center and a number of tennis courts were opened. Bounds organized the first city sports leagues, with hundreds of softball, football, basketball, and baseball teams using the playground facilities. He was founder of the Savannah Football Association and helped to organize the Greater Savannah Athletic Hall of Fame. Bounds is credited with developing the slow pitch in softball, a concept which revolutionized the game; and with refining and popularizing the game of half-rubber, a sport that originated in Savannah. After retirement, he coached at Savannah Christian School and was a sports official with the Southeastern Conference Association for many years. Bounds was also a past president of the Georgia Physical Education Association.