McDONOUGH — Leadership Henry’s Class of 2020 unveiled its legacy project on Saturday morning.

The legacy project is the “Big Games” concept, which involves large versions of games such as Connect Four, chess, checkers and Jenga. The concept was formally introduced to the public in a ribbon cutting at Alexander Park-West in McDonough.

Taylor Welch, a member of the 2020 Class, explained how the concept came to fruition over the course of the class program.

“For Leadership Henry, we have to have something called a legacy project,” Welch said. “This is where we have no guidelines, no rules, no regulations, we have to do something for the community in some type of way. So we spent several weeks and months figuring out what we wanted to do. One of our classmates had this idea called ‘Big Games,’ which is what this ended up turning into.”

Welch said the games constructed are family-oriented in nature and can be used whenever, depending on how the cities want to use them.

A number of the pieces of the Big Games project are customized, including the checkers pieces and the Jenga blocks.

Welch also said all four of Henry County’s cities — McDonough, Stockbridge, Hampton and Locust Grove — will get each of the games “so no city is left out.”

“What’s unique about McDonough is, since the Chamber of Commerce is located in McDonough, we gave them a customized Jenga set,” Welch said. “So we actually made the Jenga set. We purchased the wood, we sanded everything, each classmate decorated a piece and wrote their name on it and personalized it, so that way when the families are outside playing, they know where this came from.”

The Leadership Henry program is run by the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and is typically a 10-month program, including an overnight retreat and a series of themed events.

According to the program’s website, it is “dedicated to providing participants with an understanding of our county’s history, diversity, justice system, politics, government, economy, education, human services, and health care. Participants are also involved in addressing the needs of our community through a legacy project chosen by the class.”

For more information on the program, visit

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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