Providence High school awarded with $50,000 grant 

By Niza Viñas

Russell Athletic named Central High School as the recipient of the 2015 “Fight Like Dylan Award” on Monday. The honor tributes high school programs across the country that have shown perseverance and inspiration through sports.

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy leads the panel of judges that reviews hundreds of submissions for the award sent by coaches, administrators, former athletes, and parents around the nation.

According to Robby Davis, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Russell Athletic, the Providence high school football team and community known as the ‘Central Knights’, well represent the definition of perseverance during adversity.

Despite the tragic loss of one of their main players, the Central Knights football team reached the state playoffs in 2015, and recorded their first winning season in four years. Additionally, the team was challenged with lack of funds, as well as overcoming individual family crises.

“We are inspired by this team and all of the students, faculty and supporting community at Central High School. It is an honor to present this award to them” said Davis.

The award celebrates its fifth year, in memory of Dylan Rebeor, a high school football player whose last wish before passing away was for his teammates to receive new uniforms.

In celebration, members of the Central Knights will be awarded during the Russell Athletic Bowl press conference on Monday, in Orlando. They will also be given recognition on field during the 2015 Russell Athletic Bowl, live on Tuesday, on ESPN.

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