The effort that has been ongoing for the Horn Lake High School football team to receive state championship rings has met its financial goal.
“It’s done, we have met our goal and I am so excited for our team, administrators and our coaching staff that it’s unbelieveable,” said Jeannette Gordon of the Horn Lake Touchdown Club about Thursday’s check presentation of $2,000 from business owner Kendall Prewitt of BP Haulers, which is involved in excavating, land clearing, leveling, grading and digging ponds.
The donation completes the fundraising effort toward the purchase of rings for the MHSAA 6A state championship team, coaches and support staff.
The Touchdown Club, led by Gordon’s pursuit of funding, has sought to raise the $35,000 needed to pay for the rings. They symbolize the team’s perfect 15-0 record, climaxed by the 31-27 finals victory over Oak Grove (Hattiesburg) on Nov. 30 at Southern Miss.
Since the program learned that it would have to come up with the funding for the rings, donations have come in from all over to raise the money.
Gordon started a GoFundMe webpage to solicit money, stating each ring cost about $300 and, “Most of these boys cannot afford the $300 to buy a ring for themselves. The Booster Club wants to raise these funds for them.”
“The ring tells the whole story,” said football coach Brad Boyette. “It’s got the record on there, it says State Champion and it’s something they can have for a long time, something they’re going to be able to pass along down generations, and something they’ll have forever as a memento of probably their greatest accomplishment to this day.”
Prewitt said as a Horn Lake alum, he wanted to give back to the school he came from and played football for when he attended there.
“It’s something that you have state champions here and they’re heroes,” Prewitt said. “It’s what we need to do and it’s the right thing to do. I played football at Horn Lake and a lot of great athletes have come out of Horn Lake. Great people have come out of Horn Lake High School.”
Gordon admitted there was some concern early on that the young men would not be able to have a special keepsake of their season-long accomplishment.
“They were a little concerned when they realized that we had to raise the money,” Gordon said. “There were some that didn’t think we could do it. But, I knew from the beginning that we could do it. Today is phenomenal and just the icing on the cake.”
“Overwhelmed is a word that comes to mind,” Boyette added. “The people have been from all over the county that you didn’t know were Horn Lake graduates and hold all types of positions. I’ve looked down the list of people that donated and there’s names on there of people that I don’t know yet, but I’d like to say thank you to every one of them.”
Now that the funding has been achieved, Prewitt said he would host an event the evening of May 2 when each player will be presented with their state championship ring.
Bob Bakken is Sports Editor for the DeSoto Times-Tribune.