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Local players and coaches share what they’re grateful for from the past year

Published: Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:41 PM CST
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -It seemed like the world stopped this year. 2020 bringing change, confusion and uncertainty, but what is certain is the numbers, Bay running back, C.J. Campbell put up this season. Finishing out the fall with 25 touchdowns and 2,210 yards. giving him a lot to be grateful for.

“To conclude this eventful year, I’d like to say I am thankful for my family and friends, this previous football season, and Jesus Christ himself.”

Another Bay County superstar, Rutherford’s kicker, Jonathan Walker had a busy year creating a device to help the deaf and blind while also getting it through the uprights. He knows he wouldn’t be where is today without a solid support system.

“I’m thankful for my friends and family, and my teachers and coaches that have helped me develop more as a student-athlete even through the tough times that COVID-19 has brought us.”

At Gulf Coast, Commodores men’s basketball coach, Phil Gaffney, is also counting his blessings. Back in January, coach Gaffney, suffered from a heart attack which led to open heart surgery. In recovery, the Commodores clinched the state title and earned a berth to Nationals only for 2020 to do its thing and abruptly end the season due to COVID-19. Today, the team is back in the gym and getting ready for a new start.

“What I’m grateful for this year, is the fact that I’m alive, I’m healthy, and I’m getting to do what I love best, coaching men’s basketball.”

At Chipola, the men’s basketball team getting a fresh start of their own. Former Tennessee basketball coach, Donnie Tyndall, taking over the reigns grateful for something positive to come out of 2020.

“2020 was a crazy year. With that being said, I’m so very thankful for my mom and dad’s health. They’re back in Grand Rapids, Michigan. They’re safe and healthy. Very thankful for that. I’m also very appreciative and thankful for Dr. Clements and Coach Johnson for the opportunity they’ve given me to be the head coach at Chipola College.”

On the golf course, golfers and sisters, Ridah and Zayna September, have had a standout year of their own both on the green, and in the classroom.

“I’m grateful for my family for supporting me and my teachers going out of there way for me and a tremendous golf season. I’m also so grateful to have been able to play golf this year, but most of all for my family and their health. I hope everyone has a great new year. Happy 2021!”

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