Tampa Bay Buccaneers Pro Bowl defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and legendary Oklahoma football coach Barry Switzer participated Sunday afternoon in a celebration of new football, baseball and softball fields at Webster Middle School.
Part of the Fields and Futures programs, founded by Tim McLaughlin, hit home for McCoy, the former OU All-American who attended the ceremony during the Buccaneers bye week. McCoy attended Webster Middle School from 1998 to 2000.
“At one point, I was these kids wanting to get where I'm at now, just wanting to play middle school football, play high school football, play college football,” McCoy said. “Kids just want to have an opportunity to play. It shows these kids this guy went to this exact school and look where he is now.”
Years of neglect have rendered many of the Oklahoma City Public Schools' athletic fields unplayable.
Keith Sinor, Oklahoma City athletic director, took Denver wide receiver Wes Welker on a tour of the dilapidated facilities at many of the Oklahoma City middle schools.
The goal the next five years is to renovate all 44 fields in the OKC Public School system. During the Patriots' bye week last season, Welker attended a similar dedication at Jefferson Middle School.
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