Whitehaven High Dedicates New Football Field with
Ribbon Cutting Celebration
Parents, Teachers, Students and Civic Leaders Expected at November 2nd Event
Memphis, Tenn. – On Friday, November 2, from 1 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 hundreds of balloons in the school's colors – black, gold and white. Remarks will be provided by Superintendent Kriner Cash, Ed.D, 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 new field is a huge motivating factor for WHS. The school's proud principal, Vincent Hunter, Sr., Ed.D, 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," stated 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, for football and track practice and competition. 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, understands what the field means for all of Whitehaven.
"It's not the school's field, it's the community's field," said Davis. "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, Valleywood Neighborhood Association, and other organizations.
For more information about Whitehaven High School, visit: www.mcsk12.net/schools/whitehaven.hs/site/index.shtml.