Hundreds of Lebanon High School football supporters gathered at the school Wednesday night to celebrate the start of football season.
The color blue flooded the parking lot as the inaugural “We Are Lebanon” Kick-Off Event brought together student athletes, parents, former coaches and community supporters of Lebanon High athletics.
The event featured door prizes, food sponsored by Zaxby’s and other local vendors and many speakers, which included former coaches and community leaders.
The event was also a rally for the LHS All-Sports Booster Club, which gained 81 new perspective members at the event.
Speakers included Principal Myra Sloan, head basketball coach Jim McDowell, director of schools Donna Wright and former head football coach Mark Medley, who told an emotional story about the meaning of being a Blue Devil. Medley served as head coach from 1987 to 1993, where he took the Blue Devils to seven consecutive playoffs.
“What a testimony to what takes place in this community,” Donna Wright said. “You don’t find this everywhere. I hope this becomes an annual tribute.”
Head football coach Sam Harp showed enthusiasm and optimism about the future of the football program.
“We’re developing a strong football program. We’re headed in the right direction,” he said.
“The process is a day-to-day thing. They have to learn to win everyday, not just on the football field, but in the classroom and the community.”
“We have 100 kids out of 1,800 in the school playing football. I think that speaks to the character that we have on this team,” said Harp.
The All-Sports Booster Club hopes the event helps to spread the word about Lebanon High athletics and boost momentum for the school. They challenge all supporters to show what it means when they say, “we are Lebanon.”
The Lebanon Blue Devil Football Foundation, Tressler & Associates, the LHS All-Sports Booster Club and Zaxby’s hosted the event.
The Blue Devils will have their first game Aug. 22 at Mt. Juliet.