Monday, December 10, 2012

High School Student-Athletes Visit the Storm

On Friday, December 7, the Tampa Bay Storm opened its doors and welcomed the Amos P. Godby High School (Tallahassee, FL) football team. Storm president, Derrick Brooks, addressed the high school students and spoke to them about the importance of education.
“You guys have to remember that you are student-athletes,” said Brooks to the students. “You are a student first and foremost. Getting an education should always be the top priority at your age.”
As Brooks spoke, the students listened intently. It was clear that his speech made an impact on everyone, including Godby head coach Ronnie Cottrell.
“You know, I was on his [Brooks] high school team’s coaching staff, and he was always a role model even back then,” said Cottrell. “Hearing him impart his wisdom on these boys was great.”
While education was the focus of the day, there was still time for a little bit of football talk.
“Take a look to your left and right,” said director of player personnel David Wilson. “The men next to you are your teammates. If you trust each other, you will be able to go out there and win any ball game.”
The team showed its appreciation with a round of applause.
“It’s always good to work with an organization that cares about the students,” said Cottrell.
As the students headed for the bus and said their goodbyes, the team looked like they could tackle any challenge, on or off the field.
Godby H.S. plays this weekend (December 14) in the 2012 FHSAA Class 5A Football Championship Game against Immokalee High School (Immokalee, FL) in Orlando at the Citrus Bowl, kickoff is at 1:00 PM.

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