Frank Newlin

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The long-time supervisor of recreation for the Wilmington Board of Park Commissioners, Newlin provided the impetus that made track, cross-country and swimming major events on the state sports
scene. Although not a member of the educational system, his work encouraged many schools to participate in what are now traditional events. Frank organized the Peninsula Relays in 1948, and added six
other meets to the scholastic program in 1949.  He also provided the push for cross-country and swimming in 1953. Frank laid out the Rockford Park course, and started the State open in 1948,
later known as the Delaware AAU Championships which he directed for the first 20 meets. In swimming he organized the first state outdoor swimming championship for boys and girls in 1946. In 1957 he
became state softball commissioner.



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