Stoneman Douglas head coach speaks about tragedy

stoneman douglasStoneman Douglas head football coach Willis May.

Willis May, head football coach at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, spoke about last week’s tragedy at his school when he and seven of his players attended the 2nd annual Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase at the Nova Southeastern University in Davie on Saturday.  One of May’s assistants, Aaron Feis was killed during the shooting rampage that left 17 dead.

Video Courtesy of Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase

The free one-day event, conducted in association with the National Football Foundation (NFF), and its local chapters, offers academically qualified high school seniors from Florida an unprecedented opportunity to use their athletic and academic skills to earn collegiate scholarships, and ultimately, a college degree. Football coaches from across the country from NCAA Division II, III and NAIA programs will have the opportunity to evaluate these young student-athletes.

Attending from Douglas High were: Adoni Black, Nick DeFroscia, Tyler Goodman, Edison Pratts, Robby Rodriguez, Andrew Siren and Bradley Vilasaint.

Last February, at the inaugural Orange Bowl Florida High School Football Showcase, 61 high school student-athletes earned more than $1 million in scholarships to study and play football at NCAA Division II, III and NAIA schools.  341 student-athletes participated in the 2017 Showcase (all academically qualified) in front of 49 schools.

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