NO ONE rolls out the red carpet like the Ohio Valley.
Case in point: The Super Six Football Committee.
This weekend will mark the 18th year the West Virginia Super Six Football Championships will be staged at Wheeling Island Stadium. There is no secret why the grid extravaganza has enjoyed such an extended and successful run in the Friendly City. That being the Super Six Committee understands what the three-game title series is all about: the kids.
Sam Mumley and Eric Carder first championed the cause to bring the Super Six to Wheeling nearly two decades ago. They presented a bid package to the WVSSAC that blew away the competition. In Sam's words, "It's all about the kids. Take care of the kids for they are the foundation of our future."
While Mumley and Carder are no longer involved, those words still ring true.
The Super Six Committee members have taken the ball and run with it, finding paydirt along the way. Each time the bid process rolls around, the well-oiled Wheeling group sweetens its proposal, making it easy for the WVSSAC to keep the Super Six in Wheeling.
The Super Six Committee has made the weekend much more than football. It has also brought in academic and social aspects to make it a total life-enriching experience for the youths involved.
The committee holds an academic banquet Saturday, which honors the top students and schools in the state. Moreover, thousands of dollars of scholarships will be presented.
Title game participants will be treated to great hospitality, served super meals and be exposed to the beautiful backdrop we call the Ohio Valley.
We often take for granted what the visitors from around the state of West Virginia discover when they come to the Super Six -- the Ohio Valley is a most special and engaging place to live and raise a family.
We commend the Super Six Committee, its sponsors and all those who have worked selflessly and passionately to set the bar of excellence too high for its competition to reach. We also extend the best of luck to Wheeling Central in its quest for the brass ring.