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Former OU standout Gerald McCoy donates band equipment and uniforms to Southeast High

BY SCOTT WRIGHT, Staff Writer, Modified: May 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm •  Published: May 20, 2011

“Well, I did dream big, and I focused. I just wanted to come back and show them, look, I'm here. I did it, and you guys can, too.”

McCoy said he would have been inspired as a high school student if a professional athlete had come to speak at Southeast, and he hoped to make the same impact on Friday.

“That's the message we should be giving young people,” Southeast principal Pat Borelli said. “Inside all of those individuals out there, they can make something of their lives themselves. They may not all be NFL football players, but they're our future — the next lawyers, doctors, educators, jet fighter pilots. That's the message he's getting across. You're going to be somebody. Just get out there and do it.”

Friday's gift was the first of several to come from McCoy.

“This is not the end of it. It's gonna get bigger and bigger,” he said. “It starts with the band, then we'll move to the football team. Then we're gonna try to make it city-wide, give something to each school.

“God blesses us so we can bless others. God has given me a huge opportunity to do something for our city. Anything I can do to help our city, I'm gonna do.”