Secondly, I owe a big thanks to Executive Editor Justin McGill. Justin makes it easy for me to get my column into print. He is wonderful to work for.
Now, on to today’s subject.
This week’s column is not one of my colorful stories about some Trigg County legend. This week’s column is a plea for help.
Out of all the many readers of The Cadiz Record, there are scores of people who love Trigg County High School. Out of those scores of people, there are some with abundant financial resources. I hope I can reach the heart of at least one of those today.
Here it is, straight and to the point. For the last few years, it has become my passion to establish a TRIGG COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME. I am talking about one for ALL sports.
I talked to several long-time Trigg County sports figures, and we had a meeting two years ago. We then met with school officials. We even brought in Ray Duiguid from Christian County, and he gave us the blueprint for their HERITAGE BANK CHRISTIAN COUNTY ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME. Mr. Duiguid was instrumental in the founding and forming of that institution. The meetings we had went well, and there was a lot of enthusiasm.
One problem: We could not find a sponsor.
It takes a yearly contribution to fund the Hall of Fame project. Mr. Duiguid recommends $3,000 annually. It might could be done for $2,500. It will take some experience to know for sure.
The money goes for publicity, programs, the banquet which includes a meal, plaques that are placed in the school’s designated area to honor the recipients and a plaque for the honorees to take home.
For a business, this can be great publicity. Every time the Hall of Fame is mentioned, your business name will be in front of it. The sponsors name would be on every brochure, program, radio and newspaper ad and all the plaques. For an individual that just wants to show your love for Trigg County, it would be a great way to demonstrate that love.
Nearly every school has an overall athletic Hall of Fame now. This is long overdue in Trigg County. This would be a great way to honor past athletes and teams.
Each year, we would have a Hall of Fame weekend complete with banquet, a speaker and reunion as well. One great idea would be to honor several of the Wildcats from an earlier era first, those that have paved the way for our current Cats. That is what Christian County did.
Can you imagine the honor that people would feel when inducted into this Hall of Fame? Can you almost feel the pride welling in folk’s chest and see the tears that surely would fall? This would be such a great way to say thank you to the athletes for the countless hours they spent on the fields and courts representing Trigg County.
Just think about the debates and discussion that this Hall of Fame would generate. It would be such a positive for Trigg County.
I know there is someone out there, business or individual, who wants to do this. It might be better if the sponsor is one entity, but it could be a joint effort. Two or three groups could split the funding each year.
Bottom line is, let’s make this happen. I will be waiting with great anticipation for an email, phone contact or even a personal visit. Call or text me at 270-350-0767 with the great news and we will have a committee in the blink of eye.
OT: Next week’s column may be Academics Learns From Athletics.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.