Tigers building together with summer program, charity work

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In between charitable work, Coach Mike Davis and the Tigers are getting ready for the upcoming season.

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Members of the FCHS football team visit the children’s rehab center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital.

Life is about more than football. As easy as it can be to forget that in the heart of SEC country, it’s true. The Fayette County Tigers love hitting the gridiron, but they’ve been focusing on more than just their game this summer. With a campaign of giving back, the Tigers are setting an example for their fans across Fayette.
Starting with their intrasquad scrimmage back in May, the annual Black & Gold game, the Tigers were raising money for a good cause with proceeds from the gate at the game donated to the children’s rehab center at Piedmont Fayette Hospital. The team visited to tour the facilities, meet patients, and make the donation. They followed that up by helping build a house for a family in need.
“The whole idea was to give back to the community,” said head coach Mike Davis. “We want to let them see how blessed they are and to, hopefully, bless somebody.”
It’s a winning attitude flowing through the program under Coach Davis. With the Tigers back in the playoffs last season, he’s seeing it spill over into the dog days of summer as they focus back on game preparations. The players are hungry to build on what they’ve started.
“It’s been awesome. We’ve had great turnouts,” said Davis of offseason workouts. “Everybody is fired up and ready to go.”
Among the coaches sharpening up the players will be two new faces, Andy Smith and Elijah Goodrich. Smith comes over from McIntosh where he directed the high-powered Chief offenses of recent seasons. He will serve as offensive coordinator and coach the offensive line.
Goodrich is a Starr’s Mill alum who just finished his playing career for Shorter University. Davis is excited to work with a fresh coach with a lot of potential. “He’s a good young man,” praised Davis. “He’s got an opportunity to do some good things, and he chose to come here with us. We feel blessed to have him.”

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Christopher Dunn has been the sports editor for Fayette Newspapers since 2011, in addition to running Fayette Game Day magazine. He is a graduate of Fayette County schools, as well as a graduate of Georgia State University with a degree in journalism. Follow him on twitter @fayettesports.


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