Green, a JHS alumnus, said he’s happy to be able to help give back to the school where he received his education.
“It’s for a good cause, and it’s a fun way to raise money for some of the athletics at Jacksonville High School,” he said. “We’re hoping everyone will get on board with it and join us.”
Green played baseball, basketball and football at JHS. The current baseball coach, David Deerman, coached Green in baseball.
“Riley was a really good player for us, and I appreciate him being willing to put in his effort and give back to our program,” said Deerman. “Anytime you’re running a high school athletic program you’re pretty much having to self support your program.”
Deerman said the money brought in at the concert will go toward many things for the baseball team, including purchasing items the players need, field maintenance and travel.
“Riley and I have remained close since he graduated,” said Deerman. “We’ve duck hunted together. We’re glad he’s doing this for us. Whatever amount we raise will go a long way in helping us.”
Deerman said his team had a good year last year and ended up going to the second round of playoffs.
“We won over 20 games,” he said. “Anytime you can get in the playoffs in high school baseball, that’s a good thing. This year we have a good group of seniors coming back, and we should have a good pitching staff on the mound. We’re expecting our kids to have a good year.”
Jill Green, who coaches girls and boys in cross country, is Green’s aunt.
“I think it’s great for an alumni to give back to his school,” she said. “I feel that’s very generous of him to do this concert for us. It’s special that he’s willing to give his time and talent to help our programs.”
Green said she expects her girls team to do well this year because they have some players coming back from last year. For the boys though, it will be a rebuilding year.
“We both went to state last year,” she said. “We did pretty well there. We’re young, and we have some improving to do. They all work had. I’m very proud of them. Cross country is a different animal. You just have to keep working and working and working.”
Green said her share of the proceeds will go for a number of things, including the paying of entry fees.
“We’ll use a lot of that money to pay our entry fees into races because cross country is not really a revenue type sport,” she said. “We have to raise money for that.”
Tickets can be purchased at the high school, 1000 George Douthit Drive, S. W. The cost is $10 for general admission. Floor level seating is $15. Call the school at 782-8859 or Deerman at 453-3442 for more information.
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