Today the Smith Strong Golf Tournament got underway at Falling River Country Club in Appomattox. The tournament is a fundraiser for Appomattox County High School varsity football head coach Doug Smith, who has been battling multiple myeloma (cancer of the plasma cells) for much of the past year and is now in recovery.
Smith was present today at Falling River Country Club along with two of his former Liberty University football teammates from the 1980s, wide receivers Fred Banks and Kelvin Edwards, both of whom went on to play in the National Football League.
Smith, who can be described a community servant, said that the prayers of people who are concerned about him and his family are the most important gift, and that he feels blessed by the financial and emotional support received from the Appomattox community and beyond.
"All of these people that have had a part in this thing, they're the real heroes," Smith said. "They're the ones that are giving and they're teaching kids and people around us that this is the way it's supposed to be. And that's why I am so excited about getting better because I wanna be the one giving back; I wanna be doing stuff like they're doing. I have so much joy in that as well, and I know what kind of joy they're having by doing this because I understand it."
The Smith Strong Golf Tournament will continue Saturday and Sunday.
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