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Football: Friday nights shine light on more than the game

By Jason Lesley
Coastal Observer

Terry Holmes, chairman of the new Waccamaw High Touchdown Club, wants to see “We Are Waccamaw” signs lining the roads leading to the Warriors’ football stadium Friday night.

The football boosters have been selling the signs and conducting other fund-raising drives in order to help the Warriors become more competitive on the gridiron. Proceeds from a car wash were used to send team members to a camp in Bennettsville to build unity, Holmes said. Other money will go toward upgrading football facilities.

Team supporters and fans are planning tailgating festivities beginning at 5 p.m. Friday prior to the team’s first home game of the season against Creek Bridge High at 7:30 p.m. Waccamaw evened its record at 1-1 last week with a 34-20 victory at Green Sea-Floyds. The Warriors will be sporting new uniforms for the game.

Robbie Jones, president of the Waccamaw High Boosters Club, welcomes the support for football. “We want to get people to come out and support the team,” he said. “A tailgate atmosphere is a big part of football.”

Shanna Scott, owner of a promotions company called Your Day, Your Way and a member of the new Touchdown Club, said she’s hoping to start football fever among the Waccamaw faithful.

“We want people to have a good time and build some Waccamaw pride,” she said.

Food venders Sticky Fingers, Holy Tacamole and Sunset Slush will be in the Waccamaw High parking lot prior to Friday’s game. Warrior cheerleaders will also be selling meals from Outback Steakhouse. Participants are invited to bring their own food with a reminder that alcoholic beverages are not allowed on school property.

An additional event for students of Waccamaw area schools should help fill the stands for Friday’s game. Students at the Waccamaw Neck public schools will walk around the school’s track at 6:45 p.m. to show support for efforts to stop bullying. Ayanna Shivers, guidance counselor at Waccamaw Middle School, is coordinating the walk. Students wearing their school shirts will be admitted free beginning at 6:30 p.m.

“According to statistics reported on ABC News, each day an estimated 160,000 students stay home from school because they fear being bullied,” Shivers said. “This statistic alone indicates why it is important for the schools to make a stance and let our community know that we are banding together to stop bullying. I am hopeful, that this walk will bring a heightened awareness to the problem and enable students to realize that administrators, teachers and their peers are working hard to make sure our schools and communities are safe for everyone.”

Holmes, of Island Chrysler-Dodge, is providing additional incentive for fans to attend football games. They will be invited to purchase tennis balls during games and try and throw them into a pool of water in the truck’s bed.

All participants hitting the target will have their names put into a drawing for the truck at the end of the season. “Some Waccamaw fan,” Holmes said, “is going to win a new truck.”

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