As we celebrate the close game and new champions from Super Bowl LII, we also celebrate our own Green Dot football teams in Memphis as they wrap successful seasons.
Hillcrest High School's senior Paul Todd was selected to represent Hillcrest in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl All Star High School game on December 9th, 2017. The game ended with a final score of 31-28 securing a win for Todd’s team. Moreover, Todd was named the game’s MVP and was part of the Chic-Fil-A play of the game!
Also last fall, Marcus Taylor (far right) from Shelby County Interscholastic Athletic Association (SCIAA) recognized Fairley High School Football Coach Gene Robinson (second from left) with the Class 2A Region 8 championship plaque, who stands with Fairley Principal Michael Bates above (far left). In addition, senior Elisha Smalls was named the season’s MVP.
This season, the Hillcrest Vikings made it through multiple rounds in the playoffs under the leadership of Coach Lorenzo Barnes. Hillcrest’s scholar athletes played with heart and resilience, while fans cheered on with Viking pride.
“Football can be a way out for student athletes, providing them opportunities they would not have had without it,” said Fairley’s Coach Robinson. “These players have the opportunity to become teachers, businessmen, and lawyers. Who knows what they are able to do once they obtain their degree.”
Across the Green Dot network we have worked to embed an investment in education throughout our athletics programs, helping students become sound in both mind and body. While not every school has the same set of options, often responding to community needs and student interests, students are encouraged to cultivate balance amid achievement on and off the field. This is why our mission involves preparing students for college, leadership, and life. While we strive toward preparing each graduate for college, sportsmanship, respect, fair play, and dedication are the very life and leadership skills needed to succeed on the field and in the classroom.