Local businesses support Tiger Football Lift-A-Thon

Over the past couple of weeks it was not unusual to see bands of JHHS Tiger football players canvasing downtown and the surrounding areas of Jonesboro. The 2022 term members were out in droves in an effort to raise donations for their annual Lift-A-Thon which is designed to help defray expected costs of the upcoming football season. 

As a show of support many business owners and managers like Phillip Walker of the Edmonds Monument Company (shown above on right), contributed to the effort.  Head football coach and athletic director Terrance Blankenship was appreciative of the response given. 

“On behalf of the players and coaching staff, I want to thank everyone who showed their support of our team through their donations to our program,” said Blankenship. “The guys have been working hard to represent our school and town in the best way and it is a great feeling to know that our community is behind our team.”

The annual Lift-A-Thon was held on Tuesday, August 1st, where the players raised money by improving on their previous established maximum of weight lifted in the bench press and squat. The money was raised through a designated dollar amount being pledged for every pound lifted over and above the previous best by a player. Every player on the team participated including freshmen.

Top performers were Cartavious “Hambone” Waters who squatted 685 pounds and Josh Tatum with a bench press of 385 pounds. 

The Lift-A-Thon is part of “Weight Week” which is the traditional end to summer work outs.

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