Woodard Foundation Supports Scholar Athletes

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The INSiiGHTS High School Game-of-the-Week Series (GOTW) is proud to announce the continued sponsorship of the Dr. Arthur Woodard Student of the Game Award for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year. The award was a prominent feature during the first season of the GOTW. INSiiGHTS wanted to honor the student-athletes and their families who excelled on and off the academic field.

Mickey Clayton, INSiiGHTS President/CEO, wanted to make sure the students who have spent hours preparing themselves for class were recognized. “It takes a lot of hard work to be a stand-out athlete and it takes even more dedication to do it and still be a great student,” said Clayton, who himself was a former head coach at Florida A&M University. “We, at INSiiGHTS wanted to be sure these students are recognized and awarded. We wanted to reinforce and recognize them for their achievements and let them know their hometown community supports them.”

Clayton continued, “who better to name the award after than a man who started his legacy on the tallest of seven hills here in Tallahassee, on the campus of FAMU, than Dr. Arthur Woodard.”

Woodard was a Hall of Fame player and coach from the stable of outstanding athletes who excelled academically and athletically for fabled collegiate football coach Alonzo “Jake” Gaither. Woodard retired as the principal of Miami Central High School and left a legacy as a successful educator and coach after his collegiate playing career ended. 

Woodard exemplified the man that could be a successful athlete and academician. His coaching prowess was illustrated by an eye-popping 110 wins as a head football coach, with only 6 losses and 4 ties at then, Tivoli High School in DeFuniak Springs. His teams also had four undefeated seasons.

He is a member of the Florida A&M University Hall of Fame as well as the Florida High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. 

The Dr. Arthur Woodard Student of the Game Award was recognized during the broadcast of the INSiiGHTS High School Game of the Week during the past school year. Each of the award winners were selected by the administration of the high school for their individual success in the classroom. These students and their parents were invited to a dinner reception at the end of the season where they received additional awards of achievement. 

Stay tuned as INSiiGHTS and WCTV2 continues to partner to bring high school sports to the Florida Panhandle and to south Georgia viewing area. WCTV is showing the INSiiGHTS high school series on its WCTV 2 station which appears in over 200,000 homes.

You can watch all of last season’s games on the INSiiGHTS YouTube channel.

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