Middle school ravaged by flood waters plays historic game

Published: Oct. 8, 2016 at 6:54 PM EDT
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HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) – It’s been nearly four months since tragic floods destroyed parts of Kanawha County, including the Elkview area. The floods damaged or destroyed businesses, homes, and schools.

Elkview Middle School saw significant damage and the school’s future was uncertain.

“We didn't know if we were even going to have fall sports,” said Elkview Athletic Director, Eddie Gray.

Several places reached out to the school, including Marshall University. The university’s athletic director, Mike Hamrick is from Clendenin and graduated from Herbert Hoover High School. Hamrick knew the situation the school faced and knew they needed help in having places to play football games.

Hamrick offered the Cline Athletic Center, which is where several Marshall sports teams, including the football team, practice.

“It's really nice that they could do this for us,” said Elkview Middle School football player George Chapman.

Saturday’s game against DuPont Middle School was the first ever official football game on the Herd's practice field.

“It's been great to take their mind off of what they've been through this summer,” said Elkview Middle principal, Missy Lovejoy.

“Being the first game ever and you know where we were affected by the flood, we are just fortunate to be part of this historic moment,” said Gray.

Lovejoy says a big part of Saturday's game was to bring some normalcy and allow the kids and their families a chance to forget about the hardships they've faced the last three and a half months.

“There were a lot of unanswered questions when we first started,” said Lovejoy. “Obviously and we've all worked really hard to put things together and make things work for everyone knowing that we had to give some stability to our community, to our school, and we've done that.”

Revenue from Saturday’s game went to flood relief efforts.

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