By: TALIB BABB
Members of the William and Mary football team hosted approximately 100 members of the Southside and Peninsula Boys and Girls Club for the organization’s annual football day event at the Jimmye Laycock Football Center and Zable Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
“This was a great opportunity for our coaches and players to give back to the community,” W&M Head Coach Jimmye Laycock said. “One fundamental belief in our program is that the game of football prepares young people for all the challenges of life beyond the playing field. Our players are outstanding ambassadors of that message and did a good job of sharing it with the group today.”
The interaction began with the Tribe student-athletes leading tours of the team’s home, the Jimmye Laycock Football Center. After the tour of the 30,000-square-foot, football-only facility, the group went into Zable Stadium and experienced the feel of Tribe’s game field, while enjoying lunch.
“Today was a phenomenal experience for our boys and girls,” said Jonathan Putt, Vice President Operations of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Virginia Peninsula. “It’s always a pleasure to partner with William and Mary because their student-athletes are not only great athletes but also of such high character. It was great for our kids to talk with the players and tour the facilities because it gives them something to aspire to. We’re very thankful for the experience.”
The Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula strive to inspire and enable all youth, especially those in need, to realize their full potential as responsible, caring and productive citizens. It serves more than 5,400 youths annually, between the ages of 6-18, throughout the region.