St. Mary Central Catholic High School and the Huron Tigers are teaming up for the area’s first Victory Day. The High School football coaching staff and players for both teams are hosting a special event for cognitively and physically impaired children from North Pointe Educational Center and children from the Boys and Girls Club, Saturday, September 6 at Kalahari Stadium in Huron.
Victory Day will give kids a complete game day experience including a pregame run through the tunnel formed by parents, players and coaches toward midfield of Kalahari Stadium. The high school bands and cheerleaders from both teams will be on hand to complete the feeling of Friday night high school football games. From there, the kids will divide into two groups to do individual football drills and to compete in a game-like setting.
Drill stations will consist of throwing nets, agility bags and kicking exercises. On the other end of the field, children will run offensive and defensive plays with varsity players from Huron and St. Mary. Each of the kids will score a touchdown in the game setting to top off this special day. The special guests will also receive a medal before posing for a group photo and wrapping up the day.
St. Mary High School athletics participate in the Sports Leader program which seeks to instill virtue and teach life skills through sports. Each week of the season centers around a different theme and this week’s theme is “Selfless.” SMCC Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Ryan Wikel spearheads the effort for the Panthers and found a willing partner for Victory Day in Huron Tigers Head Football Coach Tony Legando. “This is a great opportunity for all the kids in our community. No matter where they’re coming from, North Pointe, the Boys and Girls Club or our athletes, everyone will learn and gain an awesome experience,” said Mr. Wikel.
The public is welcome to attend and encourage these kids on their special day. Admission is free with the contribution of a canned good.