By Donnell Suggs
Former LaFayette High School athletes, alumni and volunteers hosted the second annual LaFayette High Alumni Classic on Saturday, May 28. The games were held at the LHS gym with tickets costing $8 for adults while kids were allowed in for free.
All proceeds from the evening went to the LaFayette High School athletic department with a percentage being allocated for the LHS girls track team championship rings. The benefit of having past students and student athletes like alum and former University of Alabama-Birmingham and professional guard Mo Finley and others give back to the program has an immediate and powerful impact on the school and town. “It’s huge to have former players come back and give to the school,” says current football coach and athletic director James Lucas. “It’s showing the younger players the way that you never forget where you come from and the possibility of what they can become.”
Led by Finley, Woody’s Army defeated The Rookies for the alumni classic championship but there was more just bragging rights won on the afternoon. “We had a blast and it was great to see old classmates,” said Finley by phone on monday afternoon. “The old guys prevailed.” LaFayette High Classes from as far back as 1996 and as recent as 2015 participated in the games. The efforts of a number of volunteers and the contributions of everyone in attendance will go a long way to keep proper athletic facilities and opportunities at LaFayette High School for the next generation.
Special consideration has to go to a number of local and out-of-town sponsors: Dr. Donald Busby, Parker’s Foods, Silmon & Seroyer Funeral Home, Scott’s Towing, Holloway Construction, LaFayette Barbershop, Real Cutz barber shop in Birmingham, ALFA Insurance, Classi House of Style and SNG Graphics in Bessemer.