AMERICUS (June 7, 2013)—To the people who knew him, Jimmy Hightower was not just a coach or a teacher; he was mentor and a friend. Some of those friends are helping establish an athletic scholarship in his memory at Georgia Southwestern State University. Former members of the GSW and Americus High Football teams have initiated the fund and are encouraging others to join and support their efforts.
“In honor of Coach Hightower’s legacy of leadership, we have established the Coach Jimmy Hightower Athletics Endowment at Georgia Southwestern State University,” said former GSW quarterback Rick Davis. “Coach Hightower was more than a legendary coach; he influenced lives and made a difference to countless student athletes, colleagues and members of the communities where he and his family lived and served.”
“The GSW Foundation is honored to have a fund in memory of the well-respected Coach,” said Foundation Executive Director Reda Rowell. “He clearly dedicated his life to education and athletics, and with this fund future generations of students will continue to be positively impacted in his name.”
Hightower’s accomplishments in coaching are well known in Southwest Georgia. He won state championships in football, baseball, basketball and golf at Americus High. When he returned to Americus from LaGrange in the early ‘80s to coach football at GSW, he never had a losing season in the program’s five-year run. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2003. Hightower is also in the Georgia Southwestern Hall of Fame, and he was inducted to the inaugural class of the Americus-Sumter County High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2011.
“Coach Jimmy Hightower will forever remain one of the great pillars of Hurricane Athletics history,” said GSW Athletics Director Jaclyn Donovan. “What an incredible man to touch as many lives as he did, and how fortunate for us that Coach Hightower was part of our GSW family. The Coach Hightower Athletic Fund will serve to support our student-athletes as we push them toward high achievement not only in the classroom but also on the fields and courts. It is our desire to produce quality individuals who will succeed in life, and we think Coach Hightower would approve wholeheartedly.”
All contributions to this endowment will be placed in a permanent fund managed by the GSW Foundation and are tax deductible. All proceeds are intended for athletic scholarships, capital improvements to athletic facilities and other uses pertaining to GSW Athletics.
For additional information or to donate, please contact the GSW Foundation at (229) 931-2014.
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