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POSTED: December 31, 2012 8:29 a.m.

Harvey Harris and the members of the Harvey Overton Bradwell Booster Club have spent every Thursday afternoon under the stands at the redesigned Olvey Field cooking meals for the Bradwell Tigers football team to enjoy after they finish practice.
“We believe that a well-fed football player is a happy football player, and that should help them on Friday night, too,” Harris said.
Harris’ son, Khalil, is a senior defensive lineman with the Tigers and has been part of the football team since he was a freshman.
During the final Thursday practice of the 2012 season, the elder Harris and other club members gave trophies to all the seniors after the team enjoyed a rib dinner with all the trimmings and cake. The next night, Bradwell ended its season with a 42-0 rout of Groves.
“We are here to support these players and coaches and try to help the program in any way that we can. These coaches are trying to build something for the players and the community and it’s important that we support them,” Harris said.
Liberty County Touchdown Club President Eric Waters Jr. does many of the same things that Harris does at Bradwell.
“We want to support the players and coaches any way that we can. We help feed players before games and on the road and also do various fundraisers during the year,” Waters said.
Coaches appreciate the booster clubs’ actions.
“They really help us a lot, providing meals and encouragement to our players. We really appreciate the things they do for us, and they are integral part of building and maintaining a strong program,” Bradwell football coach Jim Walsh Jr. said.
FPCA head coach Andy Yanzetich said his school’s booster club was very helpful during the Highlanders’ inaugural football season.
“Marcia Graham, who is the head of our booster club, always made sure that players were fed before and after games. She and the rest of the booster made sure that food, snacks and other items of that nature were taken care of, which helped us tremendously, especially since we were in our first season,” Yanzetich said.

 

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