High School Football

Ridgeland's Rivers, Hardeeville's Life win Black Lion Award

info@islandpacket.comJune 21, 2012 

Two Jasper County football players were presented with the Black Lion Award on Monday night by the Sun City Veterans Association.

Ridgeland's Daiquan Rivers and Hardeeville's Promes Life received the award during a ceremony held at Pinckney Hall in Sun City. The two were nominated for the award by their coaches, Ridgeland's Richard Kirkland and Hardeeville's Blake Raley.

The Black Lion Award is presented annually in memory of former West Point football standout Don Holleder, who was killed in combat in Vietnam on Oct. 17, 1967, and the men of the 28th Infantry Regiment, nicknamed the Black Lions, who died with him that day.

Retired Army Col. Tom Grady presented the awards, emphasizing that they are presented to players who personify team play and best reflect the character of Don Holleder's leadership, courage, devotion to duty, self-sacrifice, and above all, an unselfish concern for the team ahead of himself.

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