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11/10/2013 6:00:00 AM
Lee Williams football players start friendly tradition
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Football players and coaches from Lee Williams High, Pinon and Greyhills Academy gathered together for a meal at LWHS after their games played in Kingman Oct. 18.
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Football players and coaches from Lee Williams High, Pinon and Greyhills Academy gathered together for a meal at LWHS after their games played in Kingman Oct. 18.

KINGMAN - When the Lee Williams High football team traveled to play Greyhills Academy in Tuba City Sept. 20, Greyhills parents graciously hosted a dinner for both teams to sit down for fellowship together after the game.

That dinner was a great success, and it inspired Lee Williams to host Pinon coaches and players for a dinner after their game Oct. 18.

The Lee Williams High School Booster Club, along with the parents and grandparents of the football players and cheerleaders, organized a sit-down postgame dinner to be held for the players and coaches of both Pinon and LWHS.

In the meantime, the Greyhills coach called LWHS coach Eugene Kramer Oct. 16 and asked if they had facilities for his players to change for their game against Kingman Academy and to shower afterward before their long bus ride home.

Kramer was enthusiastic to share his team's facilities with Greyhills, and he made a quick call to the booster club asking if it was possible to feed another 30 people.

After the football game against Pinon, the LWHS "family" - made up of teachers, coaches, booster club members, parents and players - hosted a dinner with all three teams where players fellowshipped and shared a meal.

The players from Greyhills and Lee Williams were quick to interact with each other as longtime friends, while the players and coaches from Pinon thought it was a wonderful idea, and they planned to take the experience back to their school.

At the end of the evening, the Greyhills players gathered all of the people in the cafeteria, asked the mothers to identify themselves, and then led the entire group in a Navajo blessing for all of the mothers.


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Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013
Article comment by: me me

Wonderful story!

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tressie Fuller

Coach Travis Fuller extended his courtesy & kindness to Lee Williams High School and welcomed them to a meal after the game, the Coaches for Lee Williams were grateful for his kindness & generosity that they decided they would return the favor when GAHS KNIGHTS came to Kingman and played their opponents Williams Academy. This is truly the stepping stone for many students to open the door to long lasting friendships & for other schools to practice what is learned on & off the field (academic or home life). Many blessings to each athlete, parent, coaches and all those that took part.

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Article comment by: Tressie Fuller

What an outstanding group of student/athletes & coaches. I work for Greyhills Academy High School and I am also the wife to the Head Football Coach. It was great to see both teams come together back on Sept 20, when the parents & the Coaches spouses helped with setting up, cooking & serving all. It was a great way to show character & sportsmanship off the field.
I just wanted to clear one statement up, regarding the prayer we call "The Mother's Prayer", it is not a Blessing prayer, it is a prayer that was put together by a former Coach. It shows the boys' appreciation & respect for their mothers and all mothers. Again, it is not a blessing Prayer, it is just a prayer showing thanks to all the mom's out there.


Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013
Article comment by: Rory Majenty

Outstanding sportsmanship!!! Please let me know where I can donate a few dollars for next years dinner. As an American Indian and Mohave County resident I happy to see this happen. We are friends and neighbors for life!!!

Posted: Monday, November 11, 2013
Article comment by: mary brock

laurie
thank you for sharing this with us....this is a great way for our community to share experiences together....very proud of our coach and his players.


Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: LEE WILLIAMS NUMBER ONE FAN MCMULLEN

Coach Kramer/Smith and Staff are the Best...Keep up the great work VOL PRIDE....Thanks Coaches for all your Great Work

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

Inspirational idea.

Congratulations to all the players, coaches and families for being examples of great sportsmen.

You make many friends throughout your lifetime and this experience can only enhace that opportunity.


Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Jason Cossey

Awesome!

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Laurie Voss Barthlow

I think this is great sportsmanship. Good work, Lee Williams!

Posted: Sunday, November 10, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Parent

Now this is what I call sportsmanship.
I am very proud of the students and coaches from Lee Williams. Coach Kramer is instilling the most important values in these young men and Ladies. Thank you Kramer for all that you do.




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