Franklin-Southampton alumni to gear up for a cause

Published 10:35 am Friday, December 20, 2013

Two Franklin alumni players hold up a victory trophy -- SUBMITTED

Two Franklin alumni players hold up a victory trophy — SUBMITTED

FRANKLIN—The annual Franklin-Southampton High School alumni game is set to tip off at the Franklin High School Gym on Saturday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m.

The event aims to give back to Lending a Hand Foundation and Franklin Bronco Football. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for players and children 6-12 and free for children less than 6. There will be opportunities for prizes, including a half-court shot, a 50/50 raffle, a 3-point competition and more.

“Well, I think it is going to be a lot of fun,” said Southampton High School graduate and former NFL player Greg Scott. “We’ve split the first two games, so this one will have some bragging rights. It’s always a lot of fun, and it is for a great cause.

“It’s a good community event. We’ve had a great time the past two years. It’s a good night to come out, and see people you haven’t seen in years.”

Organizer Lakenneth Kindred, who played basketball at Franklin High School, said it was a good way to give back to the community.

“There has been a lot of negative stuff about the schools, and this is something positive for the kids and community around the holiday season, to give back,” he said. “We’ll have some Santa Claus giveaways for the kids, and some other giveaways for the adults.”

Kindred, who is an assistant coach for the Broncos football team, said it was a way to bring the Southampton and Franklin rivalry back to the community.

“The rivalry goes way back to before I was even in school,” he said. “For the last five or six years, it has kind of died, and we’re trying to bring it back.

“It was a good rivalry, and not just basketball, but track, golf and everything. I kind of miss it, as a coach, I don’t see the same excitement when Franklin plays Southampton like it was when I was in school.”

Scott said he’d also like to see the rivalry like it used to be.

“I don’t think it is as strong as it was back in the day when I was there,” he said. “When there was a Franklin and Southampton game, you knew it was going to be live. People always came out for those games. I think it is still strong, but I’d like to see it stronger.”

Of the event, Scott said he hoped to see a lot of people there.

“It’s for a good cause,” he said. “I’m excited about it, and I look forward to continuing to be a part of it.”