Fundraiser To Help Former SSU Football Player
Family and friends are coming together to help out Michael Mayfield, Sr. in his time of need.
The former Savannah State football player has battled health issues over the years and the fight continues.
Mayfield has been unable to work in recent months due to having liver and colon cancer. Most recently he tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in St. Mary’s Hospital in Athens, Georgia.
According to a social media post by his brother, Mayfield’s oxygen level is in the low 80’s and he’s having some difficulty breathing. However, his kidneys are on the rebound and his spirit is high.
Mayfield, 55, came to SSU in 1983 out of Franklin County High School. The Royston, Georgia native joined his brother, Luther, on the Tigers football team. Luther, who died in 2014, was a defensive lineman for the Tigers while Michael played tight end.
Michael’s time in a SSU uniform was shortlived. He had to quit the team because of a heart condition.
A fundraiser page has been started to help with Mayfield’s medical bills. The family set a goal to raise $500 but it has exceeded all expectations and has raised more than $5,500.
To contribute, go to www.facebook.com/ donate/301980194423733/
UMES Athletics Opt Out of 2020-21 Season
Out of an abundance
of caution and concern for the welfare of student athletes and the viability of competing as COVID-19 positivity rates continually rise all over the country, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore has decided to opt out of athletic competition for the spring semester of the 2020-21 athletic season.
“As we approached the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) deadline for a decision on our participation in the 20-21 athletic year, it became clear that the responsible position would be to forego this athletic season,” Dr. Heidi M Anderson, University President, said. “The health and safety of our student athletes, our coaches and our staff will always be our top priority.”
Maryland Eastern Shore is the second MEAC school to completely opt out of the spring, joining Bethune-Cookman.
“With the longterm effects of the virus still largely unknown, the current health and safety of our student athletes and staff as well as their future well-being must always be our top priority when making this decision,” Director of Athletics
Keith Davidson said. “The university moves forward with the mindset that we will use this time to better position and strengthen our programs to be able to better complete the 2021-22 athletic year.”
Safety has been at the forefront for the athletic department during the fall. While the athletes were cleared physically and acclimated for a safe return to practice, measures were put into place utilizing NCAA safety recommendations and Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines, but athletic competition at its core is not socially distant.
“While our athletic training staff has worked tirelessly to make sure that our teams were properly acclimated to a return to practice and our coaches and student athletes have worked to follow strict safety guidelines, the same factors that drove us to push back competition to the beginning of January still exist today.” Davidson said. “The situation is worse than it was when we shuttered things eight months ago When student athletes return to campus for the spring semester, they will return to practice and team activity if current state and local guidelines permit.
Broadnax To Sign With Duke
Benedictine Military School invites the Savannah community to join them on December 16 at 3 p.m. in the BC Gym as they celebrate Trent Broadnax, who will sign a national letter of intent with Duke University to continue his academic and athletic (football) career.