On Friday, June 8, Golden Tate, a 2007 graduate and current wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, returned to Pope John Paul II High School for his third annual Tate Scholars Dinner. The night was full of special guests, notably keynote speaker Marc Mariani, former wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans; Steve Longa, Detroit Lions linebacker; Jimmy Clausen, former Notre Dame quarterback; Jim Arnold, former Vanderbilt and NFL punter; Libby Crow, former Vanderbilt basketball player; and numerous alumni. Over 250 fans, donors and community members were in attendance at the event to celebrate Tate’s legacy and support the Tate Scholarship.
During the dinner, JPII announced its six Tate Scholars for the 2018-2019 school year. Sophomore lacrosse player Kaelyn Bullard, sophomore basketball player Keonna Chumbley, sophomore lacrosse player Hugh Gebhardt, junior football player Brendan Keaton, sophomore football player Antwan Roberts, and sophomore basketball player Matthew Shipley were named Tate Scholars for their commitment to JPII on the courts and fields and in the classroom.
The next day, Tate returned to host the third annual Tate Athletic Skills Camp, welcoming 250 students from the area to take part in the clinic. Along with some of his football friends, Tate was joined by some of his fellow alumni, including Edwin Feagins ’07, Jay Wilson ’07, Bobby Kostadine ’06, and his brother Wesley Tate ’09.
We would like to thank Golden Tate and his family for their continued support of our school. We would also like to extend a special thanks to our donors, especially our presenting sponsors the Kevin and Kathy McNatt family, for making the event and the Tate Scholarship Program possible.
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