SCIOTOVILLE — The East Tartan football team will get to enjoy a renovated locker room during the 2016 season. While members of the team were out participating in the team’s community work day, Mike Watson was busy working on the locker room.
For two weeks, Watson has been working to build all-new lockers for the rapidly expanding Tartans to use.
“Supporters have donated about $3,000 to make this happen,” East football coach James Gifford said. “We raised that pretty much in 24 hours.”
The community, along with several business sponsors responded to a post on the East football Facebook page. According to Gifford, the post said donations of $50 would sponsor a locker. Shortly after the post was made, responses began flowing in to make the new lockers a reality.
Once complete, the new renovations to the locker room will provide the Tartans with quality lockers to use during the year.
“I’ve told them their not lockers anymore, they’re furniture,” Gifford said as he laughed.
The idea for the improvements actually came from one of Gifford’s players, who asked the coach if he could come in and paint the locker room. The player began to add a fresh layer of paint on the Tartan locker room when Gifford got the idea to do more than just a coating of paint.
“I kind of had in mind just building some simple lockers,” Gifford said. “But then my cousin Michael Gifford, the owner of Focus Residential and Living With a Cause came in and said hey, let’s make this nice.”
Gifford told coach Gifford to see what the team could raise and that he would supply the labor.
After hearing the proposal, Gifford made the Facebook post and was then amazed with the quick response.
“They (donations) came from people in the community and alumni. They don’t even live in the community anymore but they were sending it in,” Gifford said.
There were even donations from people not affiliated with the school or the community of Sciotoville.
“We had a family from Pike County see the post on Facebook and decided to donate,” Gifford said. “They don’t have anything to do with our school, but they thought it was a great cause.”
The family from Pike County asked the team to sponsor their locker in the name of a veteran.
“So, we’re going to put Wendell Skinner’s name on that locker,” Gifford said. “He served in Vietnam.”
All sponsorships will remain on the locker, according to Gifford.
The lockers are spacious and provide a lot of room for all the needed equipment a player may have.
Watson will be finishing the new lockers in the near future.
“They’ve been done right,” Gifford said. “I can’t thank Michael and Kelly Gifford from Focus Residential and Living With a Cause enough for their support, along with everyone who donated their hard-earned money to give our players quality lockers. They deserve as good a locker room as any other.”
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