A "Meridian High School Athletic Fund” has been established to honor the 2008-2009 state football champion MHS Wildcats. The team defeated South Panola 26-20 in overtime in the state 5Championship game Dec. 5, breaking that school's 89-game consecutive winning streak.
In recognition of the players' and coaches' achievements, members of the community have established the fund at the Community Foundation of East Mississippi.
While its purpose is to support athletic programs at the high school, the most immediate task is to recognize the members of the 2008-2009 championship football team by purchasing championship rings.
Wink Glover, local attorney and member of the Meridian High School Quarterback Club, was instrumental in establishing the fund.
“We are all proud of the accomplishments of these young men,” said Glover. “But, more importantly, we as a community, need to show our appreciation for what they have given to us, civic pride.”
“This season has been wonderful, and the support the players and coaches have received has been tremendous,” said Meridian High School football coach Larry Weems. “We could not have done anything this year without knowing that this community was behind us 100%.”
Businessman Marty Davidson and others have made lead gifts totaling over $6,500 towards a $35,000 goal. To donate, make checks payable to the Community Foundation of East Mississippi, noting “MHS Athletic Fund” in the memo line.
Donors who make gifts in excess of $1,000 will receive an 8” x 12” matted photograph of Ray Stadium taken by local photographer, Becky Glover.
For more information, contact Roman Herrington at (601) 696-3035 or visit the foundation’s Web site. A link is provided below.
A proclamation will also be issued by the mayor commending the Wildcats for winning the MHSAA 5A State Championship, Thursday at 4 p.m. at Dumont Plaza.
Coach Weems and some of the players will speak, JROTC will present colors, MHS cheerleaders will conduct a pep rally and the MHS band will perform.