Hawks conduct school supply drive


Viera High's Gavin Lamp, left, Jody Emmons, Robbie Murtha and Sean Atkins help with the football team's school supply drive on July 22 at the Buffalo Wild wings in Viera.

VIERA VOICE Chris Bonanno

Prior to what they hope will be another in a streak of successful seasons on the field, Viera High School’s football community took a little bit of time off of it to give back to those in need.

VHS players and coaches, in conjunction with the Viera Hawks Quarterback Club, gathered July 22 at Buffalo Wild Wings in Viera to hold a school supply drive.

“With a new coach (Derek Smith) comes some new ideas and one of those ideas was to start giving back to the community a little more,” Hawks Quarterback Club president Garrett Lamp said. “The Viera Hawks program has been very blessed by the Viera community and the outlying areas. We wanted to make sure that we give back to them to kind of show our appreciation for what they’ve done for us.”

Donated items filled three large containers.

“We’re trying to collect as many school supplies as we can to give to the Brevard Schools Foundation,” Smith said. “From that point forward, Brevard Schools Foundation gives it to the free- and reduced-lunch kids of Brevard County in the elementary schools and the middle schools that are in need of school supplies.”

Those who donated received a coupon from Buffalo Wild Wings.

Seniors from the team worked the event.

“It’s going to be good to give back to our community,” said Jordy Emmons, who plays wide receiver and tight end for the Hawks. “It’s something we take pride in at Viera. They support us and we give back to the community for such a great cause.”

“We’ve had a lot of positive responses,” added kicker/punter Robbie Murtha. “Everyone’s motivating us to keep pursuing great things like this and to keep giving back to our community.”