Coaches Corner brings Butler sports programs together

Published 8:16 pm Thursday, August 3, 2023

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The Greenville Area Chamber of Commerce (GACOC), Kiwanis Club, Q94, and Nanny’s Fine Dining partnered to bring the community “Coaches Corner,” at the Beeland Community Center on Aug. 1.  The live Q&A session with the head high school football coaches from Butler County schools provided football fans with a glimpse into the four school’s football programs. 

“This event, which has been going on for more than fifteen years, is one that offers the opportunity for all four football programs in the county to come together at one central location to not only discuss the upcoming football season, but it creates the opportunity to socialize with other coaches, players, and members of the community,” said Tracy Salter, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. 

The hosts of Coaches Corner, Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce, welcomed close to 70 people to the event. Nanny’s served lunch as door prizes were given in a raffle in between the live questionnaire from Q94 hosts Kyle Haynes and David Norrell. Answering the questions was Greenville’s Coach Garrick Pimienta, Fort Dale Academy’s Coach Eric Folmar, Georgiana’s Coach Berry Bess and McKenzie’s Coach Brian Bradford.

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Kiwanis Club Secretary, Jana Ealum, said Kiwanis’s goal is to give back and serve the kids in the community. 

“I think Coaches Corner gets everyone excited about those Friday night lights,” Ealum said. “It is also a way to promote new additions to coaching staff at our County Schools as well as to get these kids in front of our community. We hope that everyone is ready to find a local school on Friday night and support the kids of Butler County.”

Carolyn Griffin, Kiwanis Club president, said it was really good to work with the Chamber and to see the community and businesses come together. 

Salter was very pleased as well with the amount of support the event received. 

“As with any event or community project, it takes the support from community members, volunteers, and sponsors to make it successful,” Salter said. “A special thank you to Kiwanis Club, Jana Ealum, Nanny’s Fine Dining, Kyle Haynes and Dave of Q94 Radio, and to the sponsors that presented door prizes and special gifts for each of the coaches.  Also, a special thank you to Jerome Harris and the entire crew at the Parks & Recreation Department for allowing us to host the event at the Beeland Community Center and assisting with the setup.”