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Recreation is the name of the game for Hall

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Sara Hall has worked in recreation for the city of Roswell for 20 years.

On Friday, she was recognized during a ceremony that honored city employees for their years of service based on five-year intervals.

Hall said she loves her job of recreation supervisor. “I get paid to play.”

But there is a lot more to her job than just having fun.

For the past year, Hall has been in charge of the Roswell Adult and Recreation Center, a large city-operated facility located at 807 N. Missouri Ave.

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She is in charge of the building and all of the classes. Also, as part of her duties, she is the Senior Olympics coordinator for Chaves County.

“I help them with anything they need,” she said.

Then there are the running and walking events organized by the city.

On Wednesday, she was busy sorting hundreds of T-shirts for the Pecos Valley Stampede, a half-marathon, 10K and 5K event that was held Saturday.

The event attracted athletes from all over the country.

Her previous roles with the city include recreation leader at the Yucca Recreation Center and senior recreation leader at the adult center.

When Shelia McKnight retired, Hall was promoted to supervisor at the adult center.

Hall has been married to Steve for 35 years. Both of their sons, Richard and Anthony, served in the U.S. Army.

Hall was born and raised in Roswell.

Her maternal grandfather, William Worthington, was a radiologist who flew the first air mail from Roswell to Carlsbad. Her paternal great-grandfather, Hugh M. Huff, moved to Roswell with tuberculosis and sold jewelry out of a cart.

Hall is a 1979 graduate of Goddard High School and graduated from Eastern New Mexico University in 1982 with a degree in recreation.

Hall said she never played sports when she was in high school.

“I didn’t start playing sports until I was in Saudi Arabia,” she said.

Hall lived in the Middle Eastern country when her husband was stationed there while in the U.S. Air Force.

“I played volleyball and swam,” she said.

Hall said she used to train for triathlons until she blew out her knee.

Although you won’t see her pedaling around town on a carbon-fiber bicycle, you can see her from time to time performing with the four different dance groups she belongs to — Roswell Folklorico, the Rac-A-Taps, the Sweet Leilanis and the Dancing Rascals.

Hall said working with people is what she likes most about her job.

And she’s looking forward to the new aquatics center the city is building at Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

“I am totally thrilled about the new aquatic center,” she said. “It will have lap swimming, water aerobics and different special events.”

Community News reporter Timothy P. Howsare can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or vistas@rdrnews.com.

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