September 12, 2012 – It wasn’t all bad news coming out of Valdosta on Saturday, September 8. Despite the Fort Valley State University Wildcats’ 62-14 loss to the Blazers of Valdosta State University, FVSU’s football team, band and dancers were the recipients of a continued tradition: lunch. FVSU’s Valdosta Area Alumni Chapter donated $500 to help pay for the meal during the visit.
“In the past when the Wildcats came down we took it upon ourselves to fix lunch,” said Donald Williams, president of FVSU’s Valdosta Alumni Chapter. “We’d cook and feed the [football] team and the band at Valdosta Middle School. But now, a lot of chapter members are getting up in years. Still, we wanted to continue our tradition of makingFVSU feel welcome here. We decided the best option was to send money to help feed them. That continues our tradition of showing support.”
Williams, a 1977 Fort Valley State graduate with a degree in English and a minor concentration in psychology, recently retired after 26 years as a social worker in theValdosta City Schools system. He said he decided to lead the alumni chapter two years ago because he wanted to keep it going.
Before Saturday’s game, Williams said he was glad to see the Wildcats off to a good start and was ready to root for his team.
“We made a great comeback against Delta State,” Williams said. “Bu we have been dominated by Valdosta State in recent years. I’d really like to see FVSU win a few so this can develop into a rivalry. Maybe we can pull it off. All things are possible. But win or lose, the alumni chapter here will continue to support our team.”
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