Monday, July 30, 2012

BB&T To Sponsor 26th Annual Football Jamboree Fundraiser

WILMINGTON, N.C.The 26th annual BB&T Football Jamboree will be held Aug. 10 at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. The prep scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase featuring squads from New Hanover, E.A. Laney, John T. Hoggard, West Brunswick, Whiteville, Wallace-Rose Hill, South Columbus, South Brunswick, Jacksonville and Ashley high schools.

Scrimmages begin at 6 p.m. The match-ups in order are:  Jacksonville vs. South Columbus; New Hanover vs. West Brunswick; Ashley vs. Wallace-Rose Hill; Laney vs. South Brunswick and Hoggard vs. Whiteville. Each game consists of two 12-minute periods.

“This annual event highlights the excitement and anticipation for a run at conference titles and state playoffs for the 10 area high schools,” said BB&T’s Randy Huggins, jamboree chairman. “It is one of the most exciting high school events in southeastern North Carolina with a playoff atmosphere to help kick-off the season.”

Proceeds from last year’s event totaled $37,028, enough to fund 20 $1,000 scholarships (two per school). In addition, participating schools received about $1,452 each for their general operating budgets. The 2011 jamboree drew an attendance of 7,300.

Since its inception in 1989, approximately $1,020,256 have been raised for southeastern North Carolina high schools, and included in that amount, 486 student scholarships totaling $472,000 have been awarded.

Advance tickets are $4 and available at all BB&T branches in Whiteville, Wilmington, Wallace, Rose Hill, Shallotte, Southport, Tabor City and Jacksonville. Tickets are $6 at the gate. (Coolers, bags and umbrellas are not permitted in Legion Stadium for this event. Metal detectors are in use for admission into Legion Stadium.)  Programs will be available for $1 each.

The 2011 scholarships were awarded recently. Recipients and their college or university choices are:

South Brunswick High School           
Greg Burton-White - Wingate University
Miranda Nicole Pierce - Cape Fear Community College
South Columbus High School
Richard Justin Godwin - Fayetteville Tech
Darius Rasheed Williams - UNC-Pembroke
West Brunswick High School
Darius Alexander Williams - Elizabeth City State University
Tabitha Raven Biear - Wake Technical Community College
Whiteville High School                      
Macelyn Elizabeth Batten - North Carolina State University
Gary Donte’ Vereen - North Carolina Central University
New Hanover High School                
David Michael Carter - Davidson College
Daquan DeVone Barnes - East Carolina University
E. A. Laney High School                   
Wesley Ray Joseph Johnson - Guilford College
Malcolm X. Fuller - North Carolina Central University
John T. Hoggard High School          
Gabrielle Nicole Preis - Cincinnati Christian University
Shomari Lamont Jones - UNC-Charlotte
Wallace-Rose Hill High School         
Tyler Edwin Coriano - North Carolina State University
Tracy James Murrell - North Carolina A&T
Ashley High School                           
Kyle Clossick - UNC-Wilmington
Brian Stokes - UNC-Wilmington
Jacksonville High School                  
William Earl Smith - East Carolina University
Patrick Llewellyn Childress - N. C. Wesleyan College

The BB&T Football Jamboree Scholarship Committee also allows each school to name the scholarships in honor of one of its supporters – living or deceased – who either served on the school staff or in the administrative system. The initial recognition is for a five-year period. After that period, each school can honor another individual.

“Schools select individuals who have inspired student athletes over the years through their leadership and teaching qualities,” Huggins said.

The scholarship certificates presented to the students included information on the scholarship honorees. They are:

Ashley High School: James McAdams

Hoggard High School: Jane McFayden

Laney High SchoolArnold Brown

New Hanover High School: Jim Strickland

South Brunswick High School: A. Baxter Stirling

South Columbus High School: Everline Davis

Whiteville High School: Jerry L. Cartrette (In memoriam)

Wallace-Rose Hill High School: Jack Ray Holley

West Brunswick High School: Gregory Allen White

Jacksonville High SchoolLynwood Padgett

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