Keeping on kicking.
That’s just the message that is continuing to be spread all across the Coach Joe Popp Stadium field during the course of Mooresville High School football games once again this season.
And, as has been the case in the past, it’s being received with welcome arms.
In keeping alive a tradition in place for the past 15 years, the seasonal Kicking For Kids Scholarship program is once again alive and, well, kicking this year as well.
Once again, credit Mooresville-based realtor J.J. Morse with Mooresville Realty, LLC for that.
Morse is again the one manning the controls and placing the placekicking tee for the season-long event used to select deserving senior-class students at MHS with the opportunity to receive some scholarship assistance towards college tuition.
Courtesy of the program, qualifying students are selected via the school’s guidance counselor office to attempt kicks from a designated distance during all but the final of the home varsity Blue Devils football games all season.
The kickers who successfully plant a kick through the uprights all qualify for a group kick-off that will separate one of them from the rest of the crowd.
Then, at some point during the course of the final home regular-season football game, the only student left standing will attempt a kick in order to receive the scholarship stipend.
Again this year, Morse will present the winner with a $1,000 scholarship check.
During the previous 15 years of the program’s existence, in excess of $20,000 has been rewarded. On several occasions, multiple scholarships have been awarded.
The program has already taken place twice so far this season, with several qualifiers for the upcoming kickoff already determined.
The next installment of the Kicking For Kids Scholarship phase will be held during Mooresville’s home football game Oct. 4.