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The Laurens County Touchdown Club traditionally invites a referee to speak each year, and usually it is one of the highlights of the season.

This year’s officiating guest is Greenwood’s Jack Childress, who is in his third season as coordinator of South Atlantic Conference officials.

Thursday’s meeting begins at noon at The Ridge, with catering by Whiteford’s Drive-In of Clinton. Players from the county’s high schools and Presbyterian College will be honored. This week’s Gameday Sponsor is Self Regional Health Care.

Childress has nearly two decades of football officiating experience, having worked in the South Atlantic Conference (1993-95), Southern Conference (1996-97) and the Atlantic Coast Conference (1997-2009).

He also has 30 years of experience officiating high school games in North and South Carolina.

During his career, Childress has worked some of the nation’s biggest college games, including two ACC championship games, two Rose Bowls, the Orange Bowl, numerous other college bowl games, the Kickoff Classic, and an NCAA Division II national semifinal game.

In addition, he has worked the Shrine Bowl and 12 high school state championship games. Childress has served as District Director for the South Carolina Football Officials Association, and is a past President of the SCFOA.

He is on the Board of Directors for the ACC Football Officials Association, is a past member of Referee Magazine editorial staff and is a member of the Mount Airy, N.C., Hall of Fame, Surry County, N.C., Hall of Fame, and South Carolina Football Officials Association Hall of Fame.

Childress is responsible for recruiting and training football officials for the South Atlantic Conference. Other duties include assigning and evaluating officials, rules applications and holding clinics.

Childress is chief operating officer, co-owner and co-founder of Loom Craft, Inc., in Greenwood. He graduated from Duke University, where he played football for four years.

Admission for non-members is $15 at the door, and parents of athletes are admitted for $10.