Gregory W. Oliver Thanksgiving Classic: Coaches vs. Cancer


Gregory W. Oliver
Gregory W. Oliver

The Savannah Chatham County Public Schools Athletic Department presents the Gregory W. Oliver’s Thanksgiving Classic: Coaches vs. Cancer.

The event will be held at the Savannah Civic Center on November 25th and 26th. Tickets are $6.00.

The event is in honor of Coach Gregory W. Oliver, who passed away on April 16, 2011 after complications from liver cancer.

Oliver was employed with the Savannah Chatham County Public School System as a Physical Education Teacher and Head Basketball Coach at Jenkins High School.

Coach Oliver was named Boys Basketball Coach of the Year for 2011 in Region 3 AAAAA and All Greater Savannah Boys Basketball Coach of the Year 2011 by the Savannah Morning News.

Born in Beacon, New York, Oliver retired from the United States Air Force, prior to becoming a basketball coach. He led the Jenkins Boys Basketball team to a “Sweet Sixteen” win with an 18-0 record in regular season. In his own words prior to his death, Retired TSgt Oliver stated, “I hope that my story helps people open their eyes about their health and how important it is to cherish the moment and believe in the power of God.”

Thanksgiving Classic Schedule: Friday, November 25 Islands vs. Savannah High Girls 4:00 Boys 5:30; Jenkins vs. Johnson Girls 7:00 Boys 8:30.

Saturday, November 26 Groves vs. Windsor Girls 4:00 Boys 5:30; Beach vs. Savannah High Girls 7:00 Boys 8:30.


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