On Friday (Nov. 2) from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., parents, teachers, students and community leaders will gather to celebrate and dedicate the brand new football field and track at Whitehaven High School, 4851 Elvis Presley Blvd.
The event includes a ribbon cutting celebration, music by the WHS Sounds of Perfection marching band, and the release of 500 hundred balloons in the school's colors – black, gold and white. Remarks will be provided by Supt. Dr. Kriner Cash, Congressman Steve Cohen and School Board Commissioner Reginald Porter Jr. WHS cheerleading and pom-pom squads will be on hand, and a brief reception and photo session follow.
The Whitehaven Tigers have more to celebrate – their undefeated football team (10-0) will play against Collierville High School in the state playoffs on Friday at 7 p.m., at home. The school's principal, Dr. Vincent Hunter Sr., recognizes an even deeper reason for the team to succeed on the new home field, or away.
"For centuries, sports have been bringing people together," said Dr. Hunter. "Sports provide a sense of accomplishment, but more importantly, unity. When our young men take the field, the goal is to be unified in communication, sportsmanship and trust, which helps to dispel negative stereotypes sometimes associated with student athletes."
The football field and track at Whitehaven High are not only used by this school, but also by nearby schools that do not have stadiums, such as Mitchell High and Havenview Middle schools. Southern Heritage Classic organizers also use the field for "Battle of the Bands" events (school band competitions that are part of the annual Classic activities).
Beverly Davis, president of the WHS Parent Teacher Student Association, and coordinator of Friday's celebration, called it "the community's field."
"We strive for excellence in everything we do at Whitehaven High, and there is great pride within the Whitehaven community. The football field is a major part of the community's fabric."
Numerous Whitehaven stakeholders are expected at Friday's event, including local legislators and representatives from Elvis Presley Enterprises, The Kiwanis Club of Whitehaven, Havenview Neighborhood Association and the Valleywood Neighborhood Association.
(For more information, visit: www.mcsk12.net/ schools/whitehaven.hs/site/index.shtml.)