DAYTONA BEACH—Bethune-Cookman University football will be suited up and ready to go Sunday, Aug. 20. That said, the uniforms will be without pads, and the destination will be a church in Palm Coast.
For the second time in as many years, Bethune-Cookman's Head Football Coach Terry Sims begins the season with prayer at Palm Coast United Methodist Church as part of its sixth annual Football Sunday services.
The church also welcomes teams, bands and cheerleaders from Flagler Palm Coast High School and Matanzas High School to the event, led by Dr. Kevin James, Sr.
“It’s a great way for us to begin the year—with prayer and family and those that care about the program beyond just the results,” Sims said. “It’s about reminding these young men that Bethune-Cookman University is a Methodist-based institution: one founded on the church and faith. We lift our founder’s faith and legacy up in everything we do, including worship.”
Head Football Coach Travis Roland is set to begin his first year at the helm of the Flagler Palm Coast High School varsity team. Roland played four years at Bethune-Cookman (2003-07), earning Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference all-league honors and All-America accolades. Matanzas High is under the direction of Coach Robert Ripley.
Parishioners and guests were encouraged to wear a football jersey representing their favorite high school, college or professional teams.