A superb Samaritan from Kentucky contacted one of many gamers, and the remainder is historical past.
HOUSTON COUNTY, Ga. — It’s been an anniversary to recollect for the Houston County Indians, as they have a good time 51 years since profitable the state soccer title in 1960.
The Indians had been a highschool soccer group from Perry throughout time of segregation.
This previous summer season, an extended awaited championship ring ceremony for the group went viral, due to Perry native and nationally famend journalist Deborah Roberts.
Roberts helped current a chance for the group to be acknowledged as honorary captains earlier than the Perry highschool quarterfinals playoff recreation.
The 12 months lengthy celebration didn’t finish there. Their viral story sparked one other particular second from Samaritan.
It was on the identical grounds of their former soccer subject, now labeled AD Redmond Park, the place the championship soccer group gathered once more with household, associates and public officers.
A lady named Marilyn Belde from Louisville, Kentucky noticed the viral story again in June and wished to succeed in out and assist. She gifted the group with trophies!
“I acquired all of it from my mother and father who’re all in heaven,” Belde mentioned. “They had been good individuals who mentioned love all people, be type, don’t decide, don’t take into consideration your self and provides to others, and that’s what I’ve executed my total life.”
Belde took an opportunity and contacted Lawrence Clarington, one of many group’s members and the remainder is historical past.
“I regarded up Lawrence’s title and came upon he labored on the planning and zoning fee, and I knew I used to be going to name the following morning, and I did,” she mentioned.
“I give Ms. Marilyn lots of credit score. She was steadfast. She wasn’t joking, she was and you can inform by her voice she was critical about serving to us,” Carlington mentioned.
One after the other, every group member or the household of one of many deceased gamers or coaches accepted their award, which is duplicate of the unique state trophy. A trophy that was thrown away within the dumpster when the college doorways closed after desegregation began a 12 months later.
“The way in which issues are occurring on this planet at this time, you don’t have to evaluate folks by their shade,” Clarington mentioned. “She didn’t decide us in any respect, she noticed a necessity. She noticed that we wanted assist and God simply opened her coronary heart to succeed in out and contact us and I thank God for her.”
What’s much more beneficiant is that Belde reimbursed every member of the group the $300 they already used to buy the rings, plus the person trophies together with an additional trophy that may stand in Perry’s trophy case on the faculty.
“God does lots of issues for folks,” Clarington mentioned. “You’re not solely blessed in your hometown, however he blesses you distant as nicely.”