Sept. 3, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - While the majority of the country enjoys a long holiday weekend of rest and relaxation, the Winston-Salem State University football team will have a busy few days filled with game action and community appearances. The Rams open the weekend by participating in the Union Baptist Church's Character Football League (CFL) `Little Labor Day Classic' and will close the day by playing in the fifth-annual I-40 Showdown versus North Carolina A&T State University.
Members of the Winston-Salem State University football team and head coach Connell Maynor will visit the Union Baptist Church's Character Football League (CFL) annual `Little Labor Day Classic' at the Winston-Salem Preparatory High School football field at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
The Rams will be recognized at halftime of the contest and WSSU head coach Connell Maynor will address the crowd and young athletes of the CFL. Maynor and the Rams will also receive a spirited send off from the athletes and fans before departing for WSSU's game versus the Aggies in Greensboro.
"To whom much is given, much will be required" Maynor says. "That is something that we try to project upon our young men. That they are so very fortunate to be able to get a world-class education while playing a sport that they love and that it is their responsibility as the future leaders of tomorrow to give back to their communities and especially to our young people" he added.
Since his arrival on campus, Maynor, his coaching staff and the football team have participated in more than a half-dozen community events aimed at the betterment of the Piedmont Triad region.
"It is monumental to have an established team like the Winston-Salem State University football team to take an interest in providing encouragement in and determination for our football players. Because of the hostile climate that we are facing today with young people, anytime the community can connect with collegiate activities it serves as a ray of optimism." said Rev. Dr. Sir Walter Lee Mack, Jr., Pastor of Union Baptist Church.
On the job less than a year, Maynor has wasted no time in returning the Rams to glory by assembling one of the nation's most respected young coaching staffs, inking a 14-member recruiting class and winning his first game as a head coach last weekend. However, it may be Maynor's time away from the Fieldhouse at Bowman Gray Stadium that speaks most to his true impact on the WSSU football program, university community and the city of Winston-Salem.
"We try to instill upon our student-athletes that greatness transcends the playing field. It is measured by our efforts in the classroom and in the community. The Rams' head coach said. "The true measure of greatness is in giving to others and our players have embraced that philosophy and they enjoy giving back" Maynor added.
"It puts things in perspective for all of us. We realize how truly fortunate we are" Maynor said. "If we can put a smile on the face of even one child then that is the greatest achievement any of our young men could hope for. Greater than any touchdown run and greater than any championship. That smile makes our young men champions in our community, and that is our true goal" he added.