by Logann Houston, Staff Member

  • Pewees of the community day use this opportunity to bond with junior Justin Roberson. (photo by Logann Houston)
  • “I love kids! Being around them shows me how much of an impact I am.” senior Xavier Reddick said. (photo by Logann Houston)

For every Indian there is always a little Indian looking up to them. Always trying to be like the big boys, act like them, play like them, and even talk like them.

On Saturday, Aug. 6, football coach Kyle Hockman hosted the annual community day at McEachern High School.

This is a day where football players of many different ages come together and get a chance to show off their skills. The youngest players that attended were the peewees who are kindergarten all the way up to fifth grade. then there are the middle school players and high school players altogether. According to Hockman, there are fifteen man-hours total of organizational meetings that go into putting the community day together.

“There are a lot of things that go into community day, like getting the announcers to know all of the numbers of the players from elementary school all the way up to high school,” Hockman said. This year the local police department was invited to the event. Hockman thought it was important to include them because there is a lot of animosity going on in the world between citizens and law enforcement. Including the officers showed that the players had a good relationship with the police. Throughout the day the police would interact with the players and the coaches.

The purpose of community day is to get the community together to have fun and for anybody who wears an Indian football jersey to bond. Creating love and respect among each other is important to many of the coaches here on the McEachern staff. Community day started at McEachern High School four years ago.

“We tell the guys to pick up a kid and make conversation with them so the little Indians will know they are there for them,” weight training teacher  Assamee Assad said.

The high school football players understand that they are role models throughout our community.

“Seeing the kids look up to me and want to be like me makes me want to be the best human being I can be,” Senior Quay Holmes said.

Community day impacts more than just the kids involved in the day.“The experience is life-changing to be that figure that the kids look up to it’s like being their hero, Senior Jalen Jackson said.