Live Oak —
When Suwannee High School head football coach Jamie Rodgers arrived in Live Oak in February 2012, the first place he wanted to visit was Langford Stadium.
While touring the facility, Rodgers asked Athletic Director Hunter Abercrombie about a small area with 30-40 bricks laid inside it. The area had been set aside when the new Langford Stadium was constructed in the early 1990s, and those donor bricks had been laid shortly thereafter. The question from Rodgers gave Abercrombie an idea.
“When Jamie brought it up, I started doing a little research into donor brick programs, and trying to figure out if it was something we’d like to do,” said Abercrombie. “I quickly realized that we could accomplish two goals at the same time through this program. First, we can make our stadium more attractive. Secondly, we can raise funds for the athletic department. It’s a win-win.”
Abercrombie decided to team up with a company called That’s My Brick to get the project going. Sales of the donor bricks began in October and will run through April 1, at which time the bricks will be ordered.
“That’s My Brick has really made this simple for us. Anyone who wants to order a brick can go online to do so, or they can stop by SHS and pick up a donor brick brochure. We are running a sale through Christmas,” said Abercrombie. “So now is a great time to purchase a brick.”
There are two sizes of bricks to choose from. A 4x8, which offers three lines of text, and an 8x8 which offers six lines. Customers can also choose to add a logo, though that does cut down on text space. The 4x8 bricks are on sale for $50, while the 8x8 sale price is $100. After Christmas, the 4x8 is $100, and the 8x8 is $175.
Rodgers hopes that the community sees the value in the project and is anxious to purchase a brick.
“It’s such a cool idea. I’ve already talked to my parents about purchasing a brick, because that brick will be at Langford long after we’re all gone,” said Rodger. “Folks are always looking for gift ideas at Christmas, and this would be a great one, especially considering you are basically having a half-off sale right now.”
For more information, you can go online to www.thatsmybrick.com/suwanneeathletics or contact Abercrombie at 386-647-4046.