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Tide recognize youth
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Robert Marshall gives high fives to some future Blue Tide players. - photo by Photo by Mike Riddle
Long County youth football players and cheerleaders came out to be recognized Friday at the Long County Blue Tide football game. Before the game, all the kid teams lined up as the high school team ran by giving them a “high five.” All the kids got a free admittance to the game. The kids were on the field as the high school teams warmed up, and each team and their head coach was recognized over the loud speaker.
Recreation Department Head, Shaun Mills, said that the annual event is something that all the players and coaches look forward to, “It’s a big night, and fun for everyone who takes part in.”
According to Mills, “The younger kids get the opportunity be in the spotlight in front of the whole town, and they get to see a little of what it will be when they play high school ball.”
Mills said it is good for the community as a whole, because they get to see what is being done at the recreation department, and they know we are here for them.
The high school players also seem to enjoy the night, admired by the younger kids.
According to Mills, several of the high school players were familiar with many of the recreation players because some the older boys had helped with the Blue Tide Football Camp over the summer.
“The high school kids enjoy it because they are looked up to, almost like a big brother, by these kids,” Mills said.
Long County has three football teams representing then, and one cheerleading squad.
The teams are the 7-8 division, and their head coach is Bruce Green, the 9-10 division and their head coach is Tracy Flourney, and the 11-12 year old team whose head coach is Charlie Strickland.
The cheerleading squad is ages 9-12, and their head coach is Cynthia Foster.
“The kids work hard, and they are learning about football. Our first home game is on the (Oct.) 2nd (against McIntosh County) and I hope all the folks come out to support them,” Mills said.
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