Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twigg Valued Youth Sports; MAA Board Member Was 66

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Twigg Valued Youth Sports; MAA Board Member Was 66

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

Friends say Robert Lee Twigg was happy to see how well his Mandarin Athletic Association did this past season, with one football team winning a national championship, another coming in second in the Southeast championships and two baseball teams also winning big.

Now team members who worked with Mr. Twigg duringr the past few decades when he was president and an active member are mourning his death.

Mr. Twigg died Jan. 11 following a prolonged illness. He was 66.

Mandarin Athletic Association Football Director Scott Hughes had worked with Mr. Twigg for nine years and said his friend always was concerned about the association's facilities at Burnett Park and Greenland Park and the safety of children who played there. That is why the Greenland Park football field was dedicated to Mr. Twigg a year ago.

"He did a lot for the park and the kids. He was there for all the right reasons and helped make MAA what it is today," Hughes said. "His kids had grown up and were coaching, and his grandchildren were graduating from school, but he stayed out there because he loved being around the parks and kids."

Dennis Connors, president of the Greater Jacksonville Pop Warner Football Conference, said Mr. Twigg was "one of our most valuable board members."

"His knowledge of the sport and youth athletics, and his understanding of the program, and commitment to the kids was invaluable," Connors said. "He will definitely be missed, and a guy you can't replace, with years of experience in youth athletics."

A U.S. Army veteran, Mr. Twigg worked for United Airlines and coached youth baseball and football in Arlington, Va., before moving to Jacksonville in 1968. A member of the local police reserves through 1971, he worked for two magazine publishing companies. …

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