Dunnavant Film To Honor 1975 Eagles Tickets On Sale Now

By  | March 23, 2023 | Filed under: News

ATHENS-WILLIE’S GIFT TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Don’t miss your opportunity to see “Willie’s Gift”, a documentary film honoring the 1975 Athens Golden Eagles State Championship Football Team. This film, by nationally acclaimed author, documentarian, historian, and AHS alum, Keith Dunnavant, will premiere on Thursday, April 20, at 6:30 PM at the Athens Performing Arts Center (APAC) at Athens High School.

Coach Larry McCoy’s Golden Eagles finished with a 12-1-1 season and claimed Athens High School’s first STATE TITLE!

“This is the story of a great football team, one that was a big part of my life growing up, and it’s also a story about the connective tissue between the program and its community. It digs into the power of pride and shared values and how a loving parent can make all the difference, ” said Dunnavant.

Dunnavant’s film features extensive interviews with running back/linebacker Freddie Smith, Coach

Larry McCoy, and key players including John Marshall, Steve Parker, Bill Ming, and Thomas Woodroof. Eight members of the 1975 AHS Championship Team have also been inducted into the Limestone County Sports Hall of Fame.

Fans are encouraged to walk the red carpet and mingle with the team members at 5:30 PM. After the presentation, Dunnavant will host a brief Q & A session with team members.

Dunnavant went on to say, “This will be a night of celebration for Athens. This is our opportunity as a community to recognize this championship football team and also what high school football represents to our culture. I look forward to seeing old friends and sharing this special moment with my hometown”.

Presenting sponsors include Athens State University, City of Athens, First Metro Bank, Jimmy Bryan

Homes, Jimmy Smith Buick GMC, Martin & Cobey, Mauldin & Jenkins, Ming Group, and The Orthopedic Center.

Tickets are $20 each and available online through EventBrite.com or in person at Mauldin & Jenkins CPA and First Metro Bank (Athens locations). Tickets will also be available at the door.

Proceeds will benefit The Black and Gold Circle’s Feed the Eagle, a food and nutrition program supporting the Athens High School Football Team.

Ticket link: www.eventbrite.com/e/willies-gift-1975-athens-golden-eagles-state-championship-team-tickets-590 385798817

Media Release/Blake Williams/Communication & Research Specialist/Limestone County Economic Development Association

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