Last Modified: Saturday, October 13, 2012 10:00 PM
Local football official Jeremy Humphrey was presented the Louisiana High School Athletic Association’s Sportsman Award for October.
Humphrey won the award for donating his game check from Week 2’s St. Louis-East St. John game to the East St. John football program to help it continue after the Reserve school and community suffered extensive damage from Hurricane Isaac.
At the time of the game, East St. John was missing several players who evacuated. Other players who returned to the area were living with head coach Phil Banko to be able to play.
St. Louis collected donations at the game and gave goodie bags to each of the East. St. John players.
Humphrey also chipped in by foregoing payment for the game.
“I did it to be obedient to the Lord,” Humphrey said. “I gave the money to them to help others in need. I did not want any attention from it, that all just happened. Other officials told me what I did was great. I am shocked and speechless to win this award. I don’t know what to say.”
Humphrey has been a football official for 11 years and has called softball for 23 years.
“I love teaching kids about the rules of the game,” he said.
The East St. John campus took on more than 3 feet of water during the storm. The school is housing classes at Leon Godchaux Junior High while the campus is repaired.
The Wildcats are 2-4 and played their first home game on Oct. 5, beating John Ehret 28-0.
• MONROE-AREA CHAMPIONSHIPS: LHSAA, along with the Louisiana High School Powerlifting Association, announced that West Monroe High School will host the inaugural state powerlifting championships, March 14-16.
The Class 1A and 2A state baseball championships will be played May 10-11 at Warhawk Field at the University of Louisiana-Monroe.
• ACTIVITIES MONTH: The National Federation of State High School Associations has designated the month of October as National High School Activities Month to help schools throughout the nation promote the values inherent in high school athletic and performing arts activities.
Started in 1980 as National High School Activities Week, the NFHS expanded the celebration to a month last year to provide additional time for the 19,000-plus high schools to conduct special activities at the local level.
Elliot Hopkins, NFHS director of sports and educational services, said high school activities help meet these issues by finding and nurturing the best effort of each young participant; encouraging students to stay in school, perform better academically and become better citizens; demanding respect for fair play and appreciation for the equitable application of procedures, rules and regulations; providing healthy lifestyle instruction and challenging racism, sexism and classism through the active pursuit of teamwork and school spirit.
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