Hawks football formula for success: family


Viera High coach Kevin Mays congratulates his Hawks football family for reaching the championship at the Citrus Bowl game in Orlando Dec. 11. Carl Kotala

The formula to the success of the Viera High School Hawks football team and other school athletics resides behind the front doors of homes across the Viera/Suntree area that feed into the school, according to VHS athletics director Chris Gallagher.

It’s family.

Gallagher will commend the community at the Saturday, Jan. 9 Color Me Healthy 5K & Family Fitness Festival at Jack Mahon Park on Spyglass Hill Road as the community comes together to commend the team. The 11 a.m. presentation is also the community’s opportunity to meet and congratulate the Hawks players for making Hawks football history by going all the way to the state competition at the Citrus Bowl Dec. 11, including the Hawks cheerleaders and Hawks band for their vital inspiration. 

“Families in the Viera/Suntree area invest in their own education, invest in their own careers, and they love their children to pieces,” Gallagher said. “So they turn around and invest their time, talent and other resources into their child’s education, and athletics is a very important part of that.”

The event within the event is the perfect opportunity to showcase the Viera/Suntree culture that has created the champion-making academic and athletic machine that is VHS. The 2,000-student school is entering the second half of its 10th year, marking its 10-year milestone this fall.

“A strong family is what creates a strong student and a successful, well-adjusted adult that will then pass that along to future generations,” Gallagher said, himself now raising a young family of his own according to the same principles.

Community members can purchase healthy breakfast and lunch items from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to benefit the Suntree-headquartered Bluewater Foundation and its efforts to strengthen families.

“This charity event is to support families who take in, foster or adopt children, so we all can play a role in helping this happen,” said Gallagher, who will run in the 8 a.m. 5K, “whether it be running in the 5K or purchasing lunch, making a contribution of any sort, or ultimately being inspired to take on the mission of being one of those families who give of themselves by providing a strong, nurturing home — like the one our own children benefit from — for a child in need of one. This will change their world and our world.”

For more information, go to VieraMD.com

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