On Friday, September 2, the Cincinnati Country Day School community came together to celebrate togetherness and the start of the school year at Community Night.
In addition to the games, food, and fun, community spirit was prevalent. Though the football game – the Nighthawks first home varsity game – was free admission, the athletic department hosted a fundraiser for the family of Simeon "Tino" Whittle, a member of Dohn'Community High School’sClass of 2022 and football team who suffered life-changing spinal cord injuries during last year’s football game against Country Day.
Country Day players wore Whittle’s number on their helmets, and during halftime everyone took a moment to recognize Tino, who was in attendance for the game.
"The Country Day community wants to continue to support Simeon and his family as he lives his life after the injury he sustained during our football game last year. That one play changed us all forever, and we want to continue to support Simeon and his family however we can," said Dennis Coyle, head football coach and athletic director.
It was a close game, but Country Day took home the win over Dohn 23-22, mainly due to the strength of Parker Corbin's '23 rushing touchdown and Elijah Guttman's '25 passing touchdown to Andrew Zimmerman '24.
About 750 people came to Community Night, and together raised approximately $3,400 for the Whittle family. All donations were given directly to Simeon's family through the family’s GoFundMe page.
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