School wins $1K for PE program

From Press Reports

The physical education program at Eupora High School received a check for $1,000 on Feb. 14 as the Class 2A winner of the “Text to Win” Contest held during the 2012 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Gridiron Classic football championship game at Memorial Stadium in Jackson on Nov. 30.

With the “Text to Win” Contest, fans and supporters for each team were encouraged to get in on the rivalry by texting in during the big game. The team with the most text entries would receive $1,000 to be earmarked for its physical education program.

“We knew we would probably struggle to beat Bassfield on the field, so we tried to beat them in texting,” Eupora football coach and athletic director Junior Graham said. “It really was an enjoyable week. We announced the contest every day before school. The whole community got involved. This is a really big deal, especially with all the budget cuts we’ve had here. That (the physical education department) normally is where the first things get cut. This is going to benefit us in a number of ways.”

“We know that student athletes and active kids will experience the benefits of regular workouts and training that extend far beyond the playing field, “ said John Sewell, director of corporate communications at Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi. “This is why we are supporting Mississippi schools and students in establishing healthy habits today, as a key part of ensuring healthy future generations.”

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi was the title sponsor for the 2012 MHSAA Football Championship and continues its support of Mississippi’s student athletes with further sponsorship of MHSAA championship events including cheer and dance, basketball, soccer, track and field, baseball, softball, tennis and powerlifting.