“Tornadoes” passed through the streets of Overtown Thursday as Coach Tim Harris and his Booker T. Washington Senior High School football players celebrated their 2012 Class 4A state championship.
“Today is a great celebration for our student athletes that did a great job throughout this whole off-season and during the season in terms of their development as a football team to be able to go out and win a state championship in the state of Florida, which is so difficult and hard to do,” said Harris, whose nickname is “Ice.”
Last season Booker T. fell one game short but this year, decked out in their orange and black, teachers, students and even school district officials like Superintendent of Schools Alberto Carvalho came out to be a part of the fun.
“BTW number one! That’s what we’re celebrating, community!” Carvalho said.
People watched from up on their balconies to down on the street corners Thursday, reflecting how the championship was a huge win for the high school and the Overtown community.
“When things come positive like in terms of what these kids have brought to the table, and brining this community together through sports, it’s very exciting,” Harris said.
Matthew Thomas and Denver Kirkland are two of the student athletes who were part of the thrilling season.
“It means a lot because I grew up in this community and a lot of people know me in this community, so I think it’s a blessing,” Thomas said.
Thomas and Kirkland are both looking to continue their football careers at top Division I universities.
“We been through blood, sweat and tears with each other and we just came through as a team and decided to do it this year, and that’s something we accomplished,” Kirkland said.
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