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Patriot Football Lends Helping Hands to Community Once Again

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Football Patriots has been extending their helping hands once again to the community of Williamsburg, KY. The Patriots have been helping the community for the last five years with various acts of community services.

This year Head Coach John Bland reached out to Vaughn Hatcher, the owner of Green Gate Horse Farm as his Patriots pulled together to give back to the community on Monday, March 5th and Wednesday, March 7th.

The individuals that donated their spare time and hard work ethic to help Mr. Hatcher helped in various ways. They cleaned out horse stalls, split wood, and helped paint the fence line as far as they could get during the allotted time frame. Coach Jamie Smiddy and Coach Boyd Fornash accompanied the groups of athletes and worked side by side with the players. This isn’t the first news of the football team giving back this year as dozens of Patriots have volunteered their time to the local community.

Head Coach John Bland is very proud of his team and their will and desire to help others. Bland stated, “I’m very proud and honored to be leading this team of young men. Their desire to give back to the community is second to none. All of their community service efforts ranged from reading to children at local elementary schools, working for Mr. Vaughn Hatcher and his Green Gate Horse Farm, volunteering their time at the nursing home, officiating Upward basketball for the youth of Williamsburg, and other various community service activities. All of this time giving back has not only been good for the community but also the players. It’s never easy to volunteer what spare time you have because players not only have their academics to take care of, but also football and the majority of them work as well. I’m very proud of them, they are really good kids! That’s why they take the time and effort to provide for the community the way that they do.”

Monday there was a total of 19 UC Patriots that came together at the Green Gate Horse Farm. Those individuals are as listed: Ryan Northcutt (Atlanta, GA), Zach Bull (McDonough, GA), Willie Gibson (Abbeville, GA), D’Angelo Jordan (Jacksonville, FL), Adrian Hightower (Macon, GA), Phillip Wells (Lafollette, TN), Stephen Wells (Lafollette, TN), Cody Perkins (Williamsburg, KY), Justin Dyer (Woodburn, KY), Cory Young (Waynesville, OH), Mitchell Mascaro (Knoxville, TN), Tanner Baker (Fayetteville, GA), Cory Clark (Seymour, TN), Ethan Brown (Dawsonville, GA), Jeffrey Roberson (Copperhill, TN), Seth Brewton (Corryton, TN), Colby Hitchcock (Loganville, GA), Harry Song (Lexington, KY), Travis Manning (Murray, KY), and Iquan Deed (Montezuma, GA).

Wednesday also saw a host of Patriots as Brad Ramsey (Morristown, TN), Troy Arnold (Jacksboro, TN), Cory Young, Thomas Cook (Strawberry Plains, TN), Saxon O’Kuma (Corbin, KY), Al Merrick (Pineville, KY), Parker Black (Fairview, AL), Gabe Jefferson (Cumming, GA), Aquil Hall (Summerville, GA), Mike Constantini (Cincinnati, OH), Zach Stroub (Mt. Sterling, KY), William Barnes (Knox, TN), Terrell Wilson (Calhoun, GA) and Erik Willis (Richmond, IN) all spared time to go and help Mr. Hatcher.

Community service has become much of a tradition with Coach Bland and his Patriots. Look for future news of the team providing their volunteer efforts in the local community for years to come.

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