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Dion Clisso

By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Posted: March 5, 2013 - 12:58 PM

There is nothing like football season. Game night is truly one of the special times and I look forward to all 14 weeks of the football season each fall.
At the same time there are several events during the offseason that are just as special. The Simone Awards is always a great event and the annual Country Mart Kansas vs. Missouri All Star game is a blast.
There is one event that is very special and for the fourth straight year I have been honored to be a small part of that great night. The Greater Kansas City Football Coaches Association Scholar Banquet was Sunday at Avila University and again this year 22 very deserving football players earned $1,000 each to help them this fall in college.
The night is always enjoyable and this year was no different. Mick Shaffer from Time Warner Cable’s Metro Sports was the key note speaker and he brought his humor with him to say the least.
While Shaffer had the crowd roaring, it was the players who were the stars of the night. Every year the achievements blow me out of the water. These athletes do what it takes to be at the top of their game on the football field and then make sure the reason they go to school doesn’t suffer.
The one thing I take away from this event every year is that academic success is not lost on these young men and their families. They understand the most certain method to gaining financial help for college is to take care of business in the classroom. That is always the message that should be taken from this event.
The other message from this event is the work of the coaches of the GKCFCA who are dedicated to highlighting the achievements of their players and working to improve the game of football. These coaches go above and beyond the call of duty and that should not be overlooked.
While the athletes did the work in the classroom, recognition should also go to one of the Metro’s outstanding corporate citizens. The McCarthy Auto Group again donated the $22,000 for these scholarships and John McCarthy and his wife Nancy were again in attendance this year.
The McCarthy’s are proud supporters of high school football across the Metro and the GKCFCA scholarship program and for that matter PrepsKC would not be possible without the support of The McCarthy Auto Group. If you are a fan of high school football you should be a fan of the McCarthy’s and for all they have done for the sport in the Metro.
Dion Clisso is the Managing Editor of PrepsKC.