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Franklin alumnus giving back & investing in the youth of the community

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Grind Youth Athletic DevelopmentPhoto byD. Babb

Class of 2006 Franklin High School running back, Donielle Babb answered the call to give back to young children in the community. The emergence of his business & brand made quite an appearance on Facebook as Babb released an official statement:

GRIND YOUTH ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT is officially ready to take off. If you have a child or children that plays sports or even ones who don’t and would like to play a sport, Grind 25/8 Youth Athletic Development is here to help with their athletic skill development. All you have to do is scan the QR Code and check out my website. All information is broken down in detail for you. Once you are registered I will contact you and set up a schedule for your athlete for the month of March. This is for age groups 4-18 male and female. Our objective is to build better athletes and bring more notoriety to this area and give the youth of our community a chance to improve their skills. We also offer mentorship so if interested please ask about it in the contact section on the website. Thank you! #g258yad #wegrindovertime and please follow on instagram @g258yad also.

Grind 25/8 Youth Athletic Development assists the youth with developing their athletic skills & abilities in areas including but not limited to speed, agility, plyometrics, game simulation, & position skill drills. He has the skills & tools to advance your young athlete in football, basketball, baseball, soccer, & track.

Babb is more than qualified for the job, especially following his own personal sports stats. In a 2005 Daily Press article titled, "FRANKLIN ROMPS INTO FINAL," Babb was recognized for his outstanding athletic ability. The opening line of this article paid respect to Babb stating, "Donielle Babb runs for five touchdowns, and the Broncos' defense dominates." Following this headlining opener, the writer continues with, "Donielle Babb ran for all five of the game's touchdowns Saturday as Franklin ran wild for a stunningly easy 34-0 shutout of traditional power William Campbell at Armory Field." (Source: Daily Press)

In 2008, in an article written by the local newspaper, The TIdewater News, Babb received accolades for his athletic ability & records that he set. The article revealed that as of 2008, 2 years after graduating, he still held "the second most rushing yards in a Virginia High School League playoff game." The same report informed readers that in "2004 Babb rushed for 378 yards on 18 carries in Franklin’s win over J.J. Burton High School." (Source: Tidewater News)
Wall of Excellence InducteePhoto byTidwater News

Babb has also been recognized by the City of Franklin & inducted into the Class of 2021 Wall of Excellence according to an article written by The Tidewater News. The category in which he was inducted was the "category of outstanding athlete" & presented by Jim Jervey & Dennis Sumblin. The article mentions Babb:

...helped take the varsity football team to many victories, setting several personal records along the way. He also helped lead the Broncos to their first Class A state football championship in 2004. Then in 2005, he led them to a perfect 10-0 regular season. - (Source) Tidewater News

The same article described Babb as having "toughness on the field" & "decorated running back."

Jim Jervey speaks of Babb with a statement of admiration, "His smile is infectious, his heart is gold, (and) he is as humble a human being as you’ll ever meet," according to the Tidewater News.

Mr. Sumblin also spoke highly of Babb, making mention that Babb is "arguably one of the best running backs to have ever played football at Franklin or Hayden high school." (Source:Tidewater News)

With Donielle Babb as the director over the youth of this program, I'm sure the City of Franklin will see changes, not only in sports performance, but school performance & in their lives overall.
Coach BabbPhoto byBabb

Babb sums his greatness & inspirations in one word: family.

Quote from the heart of CEO Donielle Babb,

A lot of the players on the team were actually my family, so we took care of each other as never know who’s going to become your family." --D. Babb (Source: Tidewater News)

Your kids aren't just athletes, & he isn't just a coach. When you join Grind Youth Athletic Development, you become family.

For more information about the development program & sees, visit A vision where it is understood that "everybody has a dream, but not everybody has GRIND."

Connect with Grind 25/8 YAD on social media:

Instagram: g258yad

TikTok: officialkingilly


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