LAURINBURG — Scotland High School coach Rangel Moore wanted to find a small way to give back to the kids in the community by holding a drawing for an all-access pass to see the Fighting Scots football team.
Moore, the wide receivers coach for the Fighting Scots, posted to his personal Facebook page in July that he would be giving away two jerseys — No. 2 Javon Ratliffe and No. 34 Zamir White — and an up-close experience with the Fighting Scots during one of their six home games this season.
What he didn’t expect was the overwhelming response he got.
“At first I thought maybe five or six people would inbox me,” Moore said. “It got shared like 100 times on Facebook, people were adding me left and right. I was like jeez I didn’t know it was going to be huge. People are writing me stories about how it’s their child’s birthday and I feel bad because I want to take all of them now.”
The second-year varsity coach knows how much some kids want to attend the games because of how big football is in Scotland County, but can’t for whatever reason and only hear about the games at school or from their friends.
“We have kids who don’t have an opportunity to come to the football games,” he said. “So by being a coach and having the opportunity to do something so small, like give two kids the chance to be apart of the football team and watch the game — that’s a great thing.”
Moore asked people on Facebook to tag themselves or a child they knew who would like to win a day with the Fighting Scots. The names will be placed in a bucket and randomly drawn during a live stream on Facebook on Friday for next week’s home opener against Independence. Those kids whose names don’t get picked with go back in the bucket for the next drawing.
“I actually think I’m going to do it two or three times this year,” Moore said. “I wanted to do the home games, especially the first one against Independence because people haven’t seen us since last year so it’s going to be a nice experience for the kids.”
The winning kids will have the opportunity to eat with the team before the game, participate in warm ups, run through the tunnel with the Fighting Scots and watch the game from the sidelines — all while wearing their brand new jerseys.
“I think it’s going to be a good experience, hopefully nobody will be mad because their name didn’t get picked,” said Moore.
Amber Hatten can be reached at 910-506-3170.