Tennessee American Water made a donation Tuesday to Whitwell High School toward the purchase of state championship football rings. The football team won its first ever TSSAA Class A state title in December. The coach announced a fundraising effort to purchase rings for the team members shortly after.
“We are so happy and proud for the Whitwell Tigers on their first state championship win in football,” said Tennessee American Water president Val Armstrong. “Residents and others have rallied to raise funds so that the players will have a memento of this great moment in their school’s history.
“We have several employees who attended the school and we know how much this means to the community,” said Sequatchie Valley Superintendent of Operations Michael Griffith. “Our donation shows our support for this effort and we hope it brings them all the way to their goal.”
“My family has lived in Whitwell for generations and I went to Whitwell and played ball,” said Junior Atterton, Tennessee American Water field services representative. “I was so proud watching the team win the championship and today I’m so proud for the company I work for making some dreams come true.”
“We’re extremely grateful,” said Whitwell Tigers Head Football Coach Randall Boldin. “This is helpful to our program and it will go a long way. We are a small community and this will help us grow our program.”