2010-09-09 / Sports

Ceremony to name field for Coach Davidson; players and cheerleaders invited to reception

The official naming of the athletic field at Tiger Stadium in honor of the most distinguished man who coached there will take place during a special ceremony on Friday, September 24, just prior to the football game between the W-W Tigers and Oconee County.

In addition, former Tiger great John Harvey Edwards and his wife Laverne are holding a reception for all football players and cheerleaders from the 1960, 1963, 1966, and 1967 championship teams at their home at 1045 Greensboro Road from 3:30- 5:30 p.m. that afternoon.

Those planning to attend the reception are asked to RSVP by September 17 to davidsonteams@ gmail.com.

The naming of the Charlie Davidson Field ceremony will take place at 7 p.m. Also during the evening’s festivities, members of the 1960 team will be recognized, as will members of the undefeated, unscored-on team of 1940. Those team members are urged to plan on attending. Coach Davidson will also be on hand for the event.

The name “Charlie Davidson Field” will also apply to any future facility and was originally requested to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Tiger state championship in 1960, the first of four titles under Davidson.

“Since 1919, no coach has matched his record. He guided Washington- Wilkes to its only four state championships, and he beat Lincoln County eight times,” sports historian Skeet Willingham said. “Our recognition of his accomplishments is long overdue.”

Saying that Coach Davidson is well-known as a state treasure, former Tiger John Harvey Edwards pointed out that he is also a Washington treasure. “We need to reclaim him and make him part of our history and our heritage.”

Upon the Board of Education’s unanimous approval of the proposal, Chairman Ricky Callaway said, “I certainly support it. Coach Davidson taught us kids the difference between right and wrong. This needs the community’s support.”

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