The Viking Press: Mayor congratulates football team on ‘historic’ season

Dear Viking Family,

On behalf of the entire community, I’d like to congratulate the Kinston High School Varsity Football team for their historic and successful season.  Your family, coaches, classmates, faculty, staff and community are very proud of your accomplishments.

A few years ago I had the honor of suiting up for this same team.  We were full of talent and made it to the playoffs where we lost to Winston-Salem Carver.  But, the one thing that stands out to me from my three years playing is something a coach said to me.  Coach Craig Hill said, “Most of you will only suit up about 40 times to play this game in high school.  Since you know there may be a limit, leave everything you’ve got out on the field.”

Whether you’re a band member, soccer player, softball player, student body president, mayor or whatever position you hold, just know that most likely you will eventually move on to something else.  Why not give it your best?

Your experiences on the field and court help build your character for your future off the field and court.  How you prepare for each game or test will have a direct impact on your performance.  President Lincoln once said, “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

Take time to study successful athletes, business owners, and more.  Find out what makes them successful.  Sharpen your axe to increase your chances of success when it’s your turn to go out on the field, take the college entry exams or prepare for your next step in life.

And, never hesitate to pass along your knowledge to the kids who look up to you.  Invest yourself in the next generation and you’ll find it to be just as rewarding for you as it is for them.  That’s why I support you.  That’s why our community loves you.  Wishing all of you much success!  Go Vikings!

BJ Murphy
Mayor, City of Kinston
Valhalla, KHS Class of 1998