By: James Buechele
July 7, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Florida State head football coach Jimbo Fisher and West Virginia native, is reaching out to high school football coaches in Florida.
His goal: to help his home state after floods killed almost two dozen people last month. The Godby Cougars and Leon Lions are rivals on the field. But thanks to this greater cause, the two coaching staffs are coming together.
Leon's Tim Cokely and Godby's Todd Lanter are just two of 500 high school football head coaches in Florida. They're heeding the call from FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher.
Fisher, born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, recently saw the devastation from last month's flooding in his home state. That's why he sent a letter asking each high school football program to donate one uniform including pads and cleats to teams in West Virginia.
"Other football players, they're our brothers in arms," said Cokely. "I think it's going to be an awesome opportunity for our team to really reach out to another team."
Coach Lanter says it costs $1,600 a year for just one player to suit up for Godby.
"With this devastation that occurred, I think we, as coaches in the state of Florida, need to do everything we can to make sure the kids of West Virginia get to play," sand Lanter.
With high school football season starting soon, this small gesture will go a long way in a game of inches.
If you'd like to learn more about the donations you can view the letter and information attached to this story, see 'Jimbo Fisher Letter'.