"Blessing of the Helmets" - Prep Football Jamboree

Sunday at Christ United Methodist

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

You’ve heard of the quarterbacks and receivers who were so dedicated to the sport they slept with a football.

Now some players are taking it to a higher level by carrying their helmets (no pads, no cleats) to church.

Sunday at Christ United Methodist: No one is planning an impromptu game of touch after the pastor’s final “Amen”, but there will be a prayer for safety and a good season for all players labeled, “Blessing of the Helmets” at the  9:30 a.m. service at Christ United Methodist Church in East Brainerd.

Players and coaches from East Hamilton, Ooltewah and McMinn County will attend on a voluntary basis.

“This is the second year we have done this and it is on a strictly voluntary basis,” said East Hamilton coach Ted Gatewood who is a member of Christ United Methodist.

“I got the idea a couple of years ago when the pastors prayed for all students just before the start of school and called it the ‘Blessing of the Back Packs’”.

According to coach Gatewood all but three of his 70 players have said they will be able to attend, McMinn County coach Bo Cagle confirmed that all 65 Cherokee players will be there and Ooltewah players will also bring their silver and red helmets.

“We will meet at school at 8 a.m. and stop for breakfast on the way to church,” said Cagle.

Do I hear an Amen.

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@comcast.net

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