EVANS, Ga. (WJBF) — Dreams came true at the Lakeside vs Grovetown game Friday night. 63-year-old Kay English has dreamed of being a water girl since she was in high school — but never got that chance. It was a team effort to help English check this dream off of her bucket list.
“It’s like a family, and I wanted to be a part of [Coach Steve Bibbitts’] football family for one night,” English said.
“Lakeside is where dreams come true, so we did it,” Lakeside High Football Coach Steve Bibbitts added.
English has been around football for the majority of her life and has learned to love the game. But she says that being a water girl did not exist to women in the ’50s and ’60s when she was in school. “Now things have changed and I just wanted a chance to do it,” English added.
That’s when Katelynn Usry, whose grandmother is friends with English, decided to put in a good word for her to football head coach.
“I told Coach Hibbitts about it and he got really excited. He was kind of honored that she would want to do something like that,” Lakeside High water girl Katelynn Usry said.
Coach Steve Hibbitts said that it was important to him to make this happen because serving the community is one of Lakeside’s focuses. “We want to serve the kids and of course we want to serve anybody around here who can benefit from being in this atmosphere,” Coach Bibbitts added.
On her big night, English told NewsChannel 6’s Autumn Johnson that she was nervous about what others would think. “Look, this is a bunch of kids. They said it was senior night, I thought that they meant senior night,” she added laughing.
But after tackling her duties as a water girl, English has bigger plans on her bucket list. “I told the Coach to ask me what was next on my bucket list, and he said OK I give in what’s next? And I said assistant coach, so we’ll see how that goes,” she said.
Kay English encourages others to always chase down your dreams no matter your age. She also wants people to give endless support to the kids in our community to make a difference in their lives.