There was not an empty seat to be found in the Natchitoches Events Center as over 800 Chiefs’ fans packed the venue for the inaugural NCHS Football “Meet the Chiefs” Night, Saturday August 12. The event served both as a fundraiser and as an opportunity to introduce Coach Jess Curtis, his staff and the hard-working young men of the Chiefs’ football team to the community.
Arriving guests were greeted by a line of players, cheerleaders and maroon line members as they entered the event center’s main hall. Raising Cane’s supplied gallons of their signature sweet tea and lemonade as the guests socialized and perused the amazing variety of sports memorabilia and other items featured in the evening’s silent auction. Items autographed by Yogi Berra, Joe Burroughs and Tom Brady were just a few of the items that were up for bid. The Meet the Chiefs night is expected to raise over $50,000.00 for the NCHS football program.
As the guests settled down to a delicious dinner of BBQ chicken and jambalaya, Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams delivered the opening remarks. School board member Rev Steve Harris delivered the invocation after which the NCHS cheerleaders and maroon line performed for the crowd.
NCHS Football Coach Jess Curtis, in his first year at the helm of the Chiefs after a phenomenal tenure at Many High School, introduced each of his assistant coaches, Each of the senior players was then highlighted followed by the juniors, sophomores, freshmen and trainers.
The Meet the Chiefs Night was an amazing display of support from the entire community for a group of deserving young men. From the coaches, teachers and parents to the area businesses who donated items and services, to the guests who came to the event and gave generously, people of every race and circumstance came together in a common cause.
The Chiefs will face their first test of the season on August 18 at Pineville High School. Their first home game will be on September 8 as they host the Opelousas Tigers. Go Chiefs!
The Kevin’s Gallery album (link above) is not locked and downloads are enabled and free of charge from as a courtesy of the Natchitoches Parish Journal. If you do see a photo you wish to download, we ask that you consider a donation to NCHS Chiefs’ football program in lieu of payment.