Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Recognizes Ft. Knox Football Players and Coaches for Undefeated Season

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, March 11, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes today recognized players and coaches with the Fort Knox Knights youth football team for their efforts in completing an undefeated regular season. Even during a rebuilding year, the team—and community—overcame obstacles such as relocations and scheduling issues on their way to a 6-0 regular season record and conference championship.

“The Knights players and staff demonstrated exceptional teamwork and dedication this year, and they are proof that hard work and loyalty pay off,” said Grimes. “They are excellent ambassadors for the entire Ft. Knox community and should be extremely proud of their accomplishments.”

Grimes, along with Ft. Knox military personnel, parents, guests, and supporters, participated in a recognition ceremony for the Knights, offering her congratulations and praise. She also thanked the community, in particular Child, Youth & School Services, which provided equipment for the team, for rallying around the Knights and offering them the support they needed to succeed.

Grimes presented each of the 29 team members, ages 11-13 and including one female, with Commonwealth Ambassador certificates in recognition of their demonstrated commitment and character. She also designated head coach Captain Josh Shaver a Kentucky Colonel in honor of his contributions and service to the team, community, and state. Grimes also recognized Master Sergeants Victor Diaz and Vince Blackmon, who relieved Cpt. Shaver of his work load in the evenings so he could be on the field for practice four days a week, with Kentucky Colonelcies.

“These young athletes and the adults who devote their time to instilling in our youth values like responsibility, respect, and resiliency are truly outstanding Kentuckians,” said Grimes. “They represent the best of Ft. Knox, the Ft. Knox community, and our Commonwealth.”