June 21, 2003
Americus- Kids of all ages poured into Americus' historic Rylander theatre this afternoon, but it wasn't to check out the latest movie or play. The big turnout was for two of the city's most famous natives, Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Reeves, and Georgia Tech head coach Chan Gailey.
The two coaches shared the stage at the Rylander Theatre for around forty five minutes this afternoon giving the kids advice and sharing stories of their childhood days in Americus. Today's festivities were apart of Chan and Dan Appreciation Day in Americus, and will be capped off tonight with a concert at the Rylander starring The Drifters.
The former Americus high standouts also took part in a question and answer session, fielding questions about anything from Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to the possible expansion of the ACC.
The main point of their talk however was not about what Vick will do for an encore, or if Georgia Tech is ready for 2003, what Gailey and Reeves really stressed to the audience was the importance of finding and being a good role model, just like they did when they were growing up in Americus.
"We just had a lot of great role models, we had a lot of people that played high school sports here that we looked up to and idolized and they had the right type of character. They were people that really did have a tremendous influence on the young people here and they've kind of kept that tradition going so it's nice to be a part of it," Reeves said.
"To have your hometown do something like this for you it means a great deal. But it's not about us, it's about all these people that helped form our lives and gave us an opportunity to go the places that we've gone and to do the things we've done," Gailey said.
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