To the next level

By PrepsKC staff
Posted: September 17, 2017 - 3:50 PM

A successful football team is one where the players and coaches work together to achieve their goals.

While the bulk of the attention is given to those players and coaches there are plenty of other people who make a football team go every day of the season and the offseason.

One group of people that might just be the most important is the football moms. Whether it’s making meals that keep the player strong, doing that dirty laundry or giving the support that helps the player stay focused the football mom is in the silent force behind a successful football program.

Powerade wants to honor these unsung heroes with the Powerade Mom of the Week contest presented by Heartland Coca-Cola. Each week you can nominate a mother for the Powerade Mom of the Week presented by Heartland Coca-Cola by submitting an essay telling us why your mom’s impact is important to your individual or team success. Each week the winning essay will earn that team’s booster club a $500 courtesy of Powerade and Heartland Coca-Cola.

This week’s winner is Shawnta Bouknight of Center. She was nominated by the Yellowjackets Head Football Coach Bryan Delong. Below is Delong’s essay nominating Bouknight.

“I would like to nominate Shawnta Bouknight as the Powerade mom of the week. She is a true example of giving of oneself for the betterment of many. She has served on our Thursday night team dinner committee for the past several years with taking over as the chairperson this season. She has been absolutely amazing in providing for our young men. She not only coordinates the feeding of 70 hungry mouths every Thursday night but has also stepped up her game in making sure the boys get a solid meal after our games on Friday nights.

“Just this last week we played a local road game and I assured Shawnta we would be home early enough the boys would be able to eat at home. In the true definition of a team player she would not take that chance as we arrived back at CHS she and her team had prepared a full meal deal for the team.

“While everything Shawnta has done for our program is commendable she has taken it a step farther this year and worked her tail off to get the majority of our supplies donated so we can save what resources we do have for a quality banquet for the boys at the conclusion of the season. Shawnta is the definition of a true leader by example and a blessing to Yellowjacket football!”

To enter next week’s contest, submit an essay detailing the work of your special Mother. The essays need to be 200 words or less and can be submitted to