Local Talent Returns to Martinsville in 1st Annual Clyde Williams Scholarship Classic

By Tiffany Sykes(Off the BlackAthlete Sports Wire)
Updated: October 4, 2004

Anthony Gravely

Anthony Gravely

Martinsville, VA.—Members of the Clyde Williams Scholarship Foundation will be sponsoring the 1st annual Clyde Williams Classic at Martinsville High School (Martinsville, VA). Facing off in the event will be the undefeated Tigers of Saint Paul’s College (Lawrenceville, VA) and The Walter Reed Military College (Washington, D.C.). The purpose of this game will be to raise funds to assist the foundation in presenting scholarships to Martinsville High School students who are pursuing a high school education.

Several Saint Paul’s players will be playing in front of their hometown. Martinsville natives include, Brandon Brown-Jumper (FB/5-10/220), Anthony Gravely (DL/6-1/225), Michael Penn (WR/6-2/205) Travis Broadhurst (DL/6-6/220) and Justin Garnes (LB/5-10/185) in addition they are all graduates of Magna Vista High School. Also slated to take the field for Saint Paul’s College are Jermain Trotten (WR/5-9/165), Clint Gee (LB/6-0/240) and Raheim Venable (DB/5-10/185). All of whom are graduates of George Washington High School (Danville, VA).

In July 2000, former athletes of Albert Harris High School instituted the Clyde Williams Classic Scholarship Fund. They wanted to commemorate the career lifetime achievements of Clyde “Luck” Williams; a noted retired educator and athletic coach in the Martinsville City School system. As head coach, Mr. Williams pioneered and led the establishment of three varsity athletic programs at Albert Harris High School. This game is held in his honor.

Saint Paul’s College will have school personnel from the college available at the game to provide students with information on completing college applications, applying for financial assistance, and planning for college. For high school student-athletes, Saint Paul’s College will have athletic department personnel on staff to inform students of academic requirements necessary for participating in college athletics. Area organizations will also have information pertaining to scholarships and how to apply. For additional information, please contact James King at (540) 562-0632 or the SPC Football Office at (434) 848-6494.