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Plant City Observer Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 3 months ago

Sidelines 8.16.18

Sidelines 8.16.18

Football Preview coming soon

The 2018 Plant City Observer Football Preview hits the streets next week, just in time for the start of the high school regular season.

Flip on over to the B section of next Thursday’s paper for everything you’ll need to know about Durant, Plant City and Strawberry Crest as the three Plant City-area schools head into 2018. Outlooks, schedules, rosters, players to watch, predictions and more will be included in this year’s preview.


‘Kole Strong’ fundraiser at Beef’s

Plant City’s Beef ‘O’ Brady’s restaurant is trying to help Durant offensive lineman Kolton “Kole” Smith and his family as the Cougar fights his toughest battle yet.

Smith, a senior, was recently in a car accident that broke his back and left him unable to walk on his own. As he recovers from his injuries and tries his hardest to get back on his feet, the Plant City community is rallying to support him. On Aug. 30, Beef’s will donate 20% of sales from 5 to 9 p.m. plus half of the proceeds from the sale of $20 squares for the first regular-season Tampa Bay Buccaneers game to Smith and his family. The restaurant is located in the Walden Wood Village Plaza at 2418 James L. Redman Parkway. 

A GoFundMe called Kole’s Next Play was started to help Smith and his family with medical costs and has raised nearly $8,000 of its $10,000 goal.“Kole Strong” shirts are being sold on Facebook to help raise money for the family and the social media hashtag #nevergiveup62, referencing Smith’s jersey number, is being used by his supporters.

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