Preview of the Big Game

Today at lunch, we had the annual “Preview of the Big Game” (Texas High vs. Arkansas High) speeches.

If you missed joining us, you may be wondering which coach won the coin toss and the right to give the first speech. Check out this short video to see for yourself who got the honor…

Below are a few key takeaways from each coach on what this season and their football programs mean for our community. Both men gave excellent presentations.

Words from Texas High Coach Gerry Stanford
Texas High School Athletic Director, Gerry Stanford’s talk didn’t focus on what the scoreboard would say or who had the better team. Rather it focused on the real end game for high school football players.

Coach Stanford shared how the goals at TISD mirror the mission of Rotary. “Our goal is to unite a bunch of people into one common goal that creates lasting change,” he said.

This year nearly 210 kids will participate in the football program at TISD. Stanford hopes that during their time in the program, his coaches make a difference and teach a work ethic that will stick with kids long after they’ve walked out of the stadium for the last time.

To learn more about the athletic program at TISD, click here.

Words from Arkansas High Coach Barry Norton
Arkansas High School Athletic Director, Barry Norton’s speech didn’t focus on who would win or which team had the best talent. Instead, it focused on something a bit more important … the difference high school football makes in our community.

“It’s like Christmastime for us. All the work you put in all year long. The band, football players, cheerleaders, everyone … nothing brings together communities like high school football,” he said.

Norton recognizes that football is more than just a game.

“We are committed to making sure our kids are the best they can be … to giving them an opportunity to win on the field and in the classroom,” he said.

He also added that spending time with kids off the field is important to not only building a program, but more importantly, to building kids.

“Our coaches have done a remarkable job spending time with our kids outside of athletics. That’s a great thing,” he said.

He noted that his kids understand their motto for this year is “WE Razorbacks”.

WE stands for “Win Everyday”.

“We have to win everyday in everything we do,” he said.

To learn more about the athletic program at Arkansas High School, click here.

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