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Wesleyan School Celebrates the Opening of Davidson Natatoruim

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On October 7, 2003, prior to the Wesleyan Invitational Varsity Cross Country Meet, students, families and friends of Wesleyan celebrated the opening of the Davidson Natatorium. Among scheduled events was a coed medley relay of twenty Wesleyan swimmers. Divers for the commemoration were senior Sara Ballard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Ballard of Norcross and junior Webb Worthington, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Worthington (Wesleyan Trustee) of Dunwoody. Sara served as Dive Coach last season, and she was one of the top five state diving finalists. Webb, two-time State Diving Champion and two-time All American Diver was also ranked by Niscal/Speedo as one of the top 25 divers in the nation in all diving classifications.

Named in honor of Charlie and Cile Davidson, Davidson Natatorium is a dream-come-true for Mr. and Mrs. Reid (Stephanie) Davidson of Alpharetta and their Wesleyan sons, Tyler (11th), Price (8th) and Skip (Class of 2003.) Reid stated, #My parents have done so much for me and my family, and I have great pride in celebrating this gift to Wesleyan School with them.# The Davidson family has shown their commitment and love for Wesleyan by generously donating the funds needed to complete the natatorium this year. Charlie and Cile Davidson first became involved at Wesleyan in September 1988, when their grandson Skip enrolled at the school. Duane Hoover, father of parent Mrs. Rusty (Trisha) Bennett and grandfather to Reed (7th) and Connor (4th), encouraged Charlie to become a member of the Wesleyan Advisory Board. According to Director of Development Matt Cole, #Charlie has been known as the ultimate cheerleader, encouraging the school to move forward with its original vision as #a great Christian model for young people. Charlie has always been enthusiastic about Wesleyan, and he chose to help the school by giving a gift of land that could be sold and converted into dollars. The Davidson family played an integral role in making the dream of the natatorium a reality.#

Charles Davidson, a native of Lithonia, attended the DeKalb County schools and graduated from Georgia Tech, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. Early in his career, he was selected as DeKalb#s Outstanding Young Man and as one of Georgia#s five Outstanding Young Men by the Georgia Junior Chamber of Commerce. His business career has been spent in stone-related industries, where he rose from a twelve-year-old water boy to the presidency of Davidson Mineral Properties, Inc., North Georgia Crushed Stone, Inc., the Gainesville and Athens Stone Companies, and The Atlanta, Stone Mountain and Lithonia Railroad. Charlie organized and has been involved in management of many other personal ventures in the Atlanta area, and his civic endeavors have included trusteeships at Brenau College, Wesley Homes, Inc., the United Way Board and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

Cile McCurdy Davidson, a native of Decatur, is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she led the famous #Million Dollar Band# as #Miss Alabama.# She headed the Jr. League of DeKalb County and has been involved in numerous civic and charitable endeavors. Additionally, she was Atlanta#s top fashion and photo model for more that twenty years, appearing in ads for companies such as Coca-Cola, Rich#s, Macy#s, Sears, Howard Johnson Motels, C & S Banks, Delta Airlines and Gordon Potato Chips, and she was featured in ads in the Saturday Evening Post, Look, and Life magazines. When her children were young, Cile declined a television ad series for the TV show, Bonanza, because her long-standing rule was, #The children always come first.#

Since the move to the Peachtree Campus location in 1996, Wesleyan swimmers and divers have either ridden a bus four nights a week or four early mornings a week to Dynamo Swim Club in Chamblee, sharing restricted lane use with up to twenty swimmers per lane. Swim Coach Ann Marie Hanlon and 8th grade advis