By Dan Guttenplan, FNF Managing Editor
The Huffman-Hargrave (TX) football team cashed in on its winning
prize for the 2016 Pollo Tropical Sweepstakes Sept. 21 when it had the local restaurant chain cater a luncheon for 50 students, some of which included “at-risk” third- and fourth-graders from Copeland Elementary.
Many of the Huffman football players participate in FLY (Falcons Leading Youth), a program that links high school students with “at-risk” elementary students who could benefit from tutoring and mentoring. Huffman coach Mike McEachern was thrilled with the connection his players made with the Copeland students.
“If you ever get discouraged with what we often hear as ‘today’s youth’, come spend a day with the Huffman Falcon Football team,” McEachern said.
“What a great group of kids who got to spend their lunch with some elementary students. Watching these high school student-athletes converse with third- and fourth-graders was truly amazing. It gave me much pride to sit back and watch how fast they mature and how quickly they realize they are role models to the children in our community. I’m very proud of these young men and what they have accomplished and what they still plan to accomplish.”
The Observer of East Montgomery County published a story about Huffman Hargrave’s victory in the Pollo Tropical Team Dinner Sweepstakes.
FNF awarded three winning schools — Glades Central High (FL), Rickards High (FL) and Huffman-Hargrave High (TX) — 50 vouchers each for free meals at Pollo Tropical as the prize for winning the first Pollo Tropical Team Dinner Sweepstakes. Coaches from each school made their respective cases for the free team dinners through submissions to the contest on the FNF website at www.FNFmagazine.com. The contest, which ran from August 9 to August 30, asked coaches to state their cases in 100 words or less as to why their school was most deserving of the 50 free meals.