Four Shelby County high school teams take to the gridiron on Saturday to compete in a special event designed to shine a spotlight on the extraordinary levels of skill, athleticism and competition among SCIAA schools.
THE CW30 MEMPHIS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CLASSIC returns for the second consecutive year and features two attractive match-ups:
CORDOVA vs. SOUTHWIND
WHITEHAVEN vs. RIDGEWAY
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The event and the corresponding television program will feature the exploits of individual athletes, past and present, who have utilized life lessons learned through athletic participation to establish, develop and further careers in the Memphis community.
CW30 Sports Director, Doc Holliday, himself a former prep football standout at Fairley High School in Memphis will provide analysis of both games during the live broadcast. In addition, he will host several segments that feature former players from the participating schools who have gone on to successful careers in the Memphis community.
“What a great opportunity to showcase the talent in the City of Memphis in the Football Classic,” says Whitehaven Head Coach Rodney Saulsberry. “Thanks CW30 for highlighting our student-athletes.”
Sponsors of the event include NIKE, Olymbec USA, metroPCS, Sonic and Tate Computer. A portion of the sponsor proceeds go directly to the SCIAA in the form of donations. This year over $10,000 will be donated to help offset costs associated with program operations.
“We need the support of our community to run these programs,” says India Weaver, SCIAA Athletic Manager. “We’re building better young people on and off the field. That is the pure goal.”
Holliday will be joined in the booth by long-time local play-by-play broadcaster Greg Gaston. CW30 Sports Reporter-Anchor, Jessica Benson, will provide sideline reports.”
“This event is one piece of our over-all commitment to the coverage of high school sports,” says Joe Denk, Vice President and General Manager of CW30. “We combine the Classic with our weekly highlight show (The Sonic High School Sports Blast), the TSSAA football and basketball championships and the Auto Zone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star game to provide comprehensive exposure of the area’s best high school players and teams.”