Donors sup­port causes: St. Jude and WINGS

The Commercial Appeal - - Sports - Chris Van Tuyl Mem­phis Com­mer­cial Ap­peal USA TO­DAY NET­WORK – Ten­nessee

With the sea­son of giv­ing near­ing, two Mem­phis-area groups re­cently took the op­por­tu­nity to get a jump on it.

In sup­port of St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal, the Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl and the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Foun­da­tion pre­sented a check for $250,136.03.

And for WINGS Sup­port­ive Ser­vices of the West Cancer Cen­ter, school of­fi­cials from St. Bene­dict, Chris­tian Broth­ers and St. Agnes came to­gether to raise $2,400. Dig­ni­taries, in­clud­ing

the 2018 Distin­guished Cit­i­zen Award win­ner, con­verged at a lun­cheon at St. Jude to make their record do­na­tion.

“The Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl has been a ter­rific part­ner of St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal for many decades,”

pres­i­dent and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at ALSAC/St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal, said in a state­ment. “We are hon­ored to have the Col­lege Foot­ball Play­off Foun­da­tion join with the Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl again this year in the mis­sion of in­spir­ing and sup­port­ing out­stand­ing teach­ers and men­tors that work dili­gently to train and ed­u­cate the next gen­er­a­tion of doc­tors, sci­en­tists, staff and pa­tients at St. Jude. This very gen­er­ous con­tri­bu­tion will be uti­lized to sup­port the ed­u­ca­tional needs of the St. Jude fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents who are so ded­i­cated to the chil­dren at St. Jude.”

Added the 2018 pres­i­dent of the Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl: “On be­half of all the mem­bers and vol­un­teers of the Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl, we are proud to con­tinue our long-time sup­port of St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hospi­tal with this record do­na­tion. We will also be fea­tur­ing the great work of St. Jude dur­ing the ESPN tele­cast of the Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl on De­cem­ber 31.”

When St. Bene­dict and CBHS met on the foot­ball field Oct. 12, it also brought to­gether rep­re­sen­ta­tives who spear­headed the an­nual WINGS fundraiser. At half­time, St. Bene­dict SGA Pres­i­dent

St. Agnes SGA Sec­re­tary and CBHS Lead­er­ship Coun­cil Pres­i­dent pre­sented a check to WINGS sup­port ser­vices man­ager of pub­lic re­la­tions and

C. Shadyac Jr., Li, Wray Bill Kinkade, Priscilla Pres­ley, Ger­ard Tav­o­letti Keri Bur­nette, Richard Matthew Sarah

spe­cial events.

In con­junc­tion with the Univer­sity of Ten­nessee’s West Cancer Cen­ter, the WINGS Sup­port­ive Care Divi­sion, estab­lished in 2015, of­fers pa­tients as­sis­tance with spir­i­tual sup­port as well as nu­tri­tional and well­ness ser­vices. They are pro­vided with re­sources needed for their cancer jour­ney at no ad­di­tional cost.

Horn Lake de­fender named Mr. Foot­ball

Thanks to a part­ner­ship be­tween the New Or­leans Saints, the Mis­sis­sippi High School Ac­tiv­i­ties As­so­ci­a­tion and the Mis­sis­sippi As­so­ci­a­tion of Coaches, Horn Lake foot­ball player has

Nakobe Dean

been rec­og­nized as one of Mis­sis­sippi’s six Mr. Foot­ball award win­ners for the 2018 sea­son. Cho­sen by a statewide com­mit­tee of high school coaches and foot­ball me­dia mem­bers, Dean, a 6-1, 220-pound line­backer, was the Class 6A rep­re­sen­ta­tive and the lone de­fen­sive player hon­ored. Four were quar­ter­backs, and the other was a run­ning back.

MHSAA re­clas­si­fies

The MHSAA re­cently re­clas­si­fied. Re­gion 1-6A in foot­ball will now in­clude Lewis­burg and welcome back Olive Branch af­ter a two-year absence.

“When­ever a school moves up in clas­si­fi­ca­tion, there’s go­ing to be some an­tic­i­pa­tion and grow­ing pains,” DeSoto County Schools ath­let­ics di­rec­tor

said. “The ex­pe­ri­ence of com­pet­ing in Re­gion 1-5A with the likes of West Point and Gre­nada for so many years will def­i­nitely help Lewis­burg in its tran­si­tion to 6A.”

The Pa­tri­ots and Con­quis­ta­dors join county stand­bys DeSoto Cen­tral, Her­nando, Horn Lake and Southaven. Jenk­ins said Oxford and Tu­pelo were slated to round out the eight-team re­gion, but South Panola is sched­uled to con­test its pend­ing move to Re­gion 2. The two other DeSoto schools – Cen­ter Hill and Lake Cor­morant – re­main in Re­gion 1-5A.

Jenk­ins 10 in Mem­phis hon­ored by TSSAA

For nearly two decades, the Ten­nessee Se­condary School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion has pre­sented the A.F. Bridges Awards to in­di­vid­u­als across the state for their ded­i­ca­tion to high school sports. Each of the nine ath­letic districts in­cluded seven awards, and upon the se­lec­tion com­mit­tee’s fi­nal say, the Shelby-Metro list of hon­orees reached dou­ble-dig­its.

School Sys­tem Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Year: (Col­lierville Schools); Prin­ci­pals of the Year: (Mun­ford) and (Ar­ling­ton); Ath­let­ics Directors of the Year:

(Brighton) and (White­haven); Fe­male Coaches of the Year: (Cov­ing­ton) and

(South­wind); Male Coach of the Year: (Hamil­ton) and Con­trib­u­tors of the Year:

(Cov­ing­ton) and the Shelby County In­ter­scholas­tic Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion track co­or­di­na­tor.

“Be­ing rec­og­nized for one of these awards should be seen as one of the high­est honors in high school ath­let­ics in our state,” TSSAA Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor

said in a state­ment. “Those who re­ceive the awards truly re­flect what high school ath­let­ics should be about, and that’s good sports­man­ship and good ci­ti­zen­ship.”

Sun­day Sports Brunch is a weekly look at movers, shak­ers and news­mak­ers on the Mem­phis sports scene, from youth level to the pros. If you have an item of in­ter­est, please con­tact Chris Van Tuyl at christo­pher.van­tuyl@com­mer­cialap­

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Kevin Nien­huis with ALSAC/St. Jude receives this year’s con­tri­bu­tion from Au­toZone Lib­erty Bowl of­fi­cers, com­mit­tee mem­bers and Priscilla Pres­ley. From left are Patti Shan­non, Leigh Shockey, Pat Cald­well, Bill Giles, Pres­ley, Nien­huis, Bill Kinkade, Chris Moore and David Bos­ton. RI­CARDO ARDUENGO/ALSAC


From left, St. Bene­dict SGA Pres­i­dent Matthew Li, Sec­re­tary of the St. Agnes SGA Sarah Wray, WINGS Sup­port Ser­vices Man­ager of Pub­lic Re­la­tions and Spe­cial Events Keri Bur­nette and Chris­tian Broth­ers Lead­er­ship Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Ger­ard Tav­o­letti pose with the com­mem­o­ra­tive check for $2,400.

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