SAN ANGELO – San Angelo's TLCA School on Monday night made a huge announcement during its annual "Meet the Eagles" night; the school is building its own football stadium.
Prior to the announcement of the players TLCA's superintendent Ron Ledbetter went on the mic to get the party started. To begin he gathered the team leaders, QB Layne Honea, TE and LB Kelby Thomas, and WR Jaden Ramirez, and asked them what it meant to them to be apart of the eagle family. They told the crowd that it meant more than just football.
"Part of being an Eagle is being there for your brother and making sure that if something is going on with someone you're always there to back them up." said Honea. "It means playing the hardest for each other on the field."
Head coach of the Eagles football program, Coach Matt Jones, also shared a few words of encouragement.
"The reason I decided to become a coach and the reason that I am here is because I think that in today's society I can make an impact on more lives doing this than pretty much anything in the world," said Coach Jones. "I truly enjoy doing that everyday."
Following Coach Jones, Mr. Ledbetter broke the exciting news.
"You sacrifice, you work hard every day, you do a lot of things," said Ledbetter to the team. "Tell me what would you think about playing football right here where you stand in a brand new stadium?"
Following the roar of the fans, Mr. Ledbetter explained that TLCA is in the process of building a football stadium on the TLCA campus on Melrose Ave. in the Bluffs. Because TLCA is public charter school they do not receive local tax dollars in the same way that other ISDs do. This means the funds for the stadium must be privately funded. One donor already has donated $500,000 which will be used for a state of the art facility area which will include locker rooms, a workout facility, concession stands, and restrooms. The ground is already broken for the facility.
The field is still in the funding stage. Currently the Eagles play at Lake View Stadium.
TLCA is now taking donations and has set up a tiers system called sponsor a square. To donate click the link here.