HITCHCOCK – Another Galveston County community will be showing its pride and support for their homegrown product earning an opportunity to play professional football as the Hitchcock community will celebrate Michael Sam Day on June 2.
Dr. Barbara Derrick, Hitchcock Independent School District superintendent, said that the district’s students will be asked to wear either the colors of Sam’s college team Missouri (black and gold), the colors of Sam’s new NFL team the St. Louis Rams (blue and gold) or of Hitchcock High School (red and white).
Hitchcock ISD students and Sam’s former teachers will also be encouraged to write Sam notes of encouragement and congratulations.
Younger students will draw pictures and some classes will make large cards and banners, Derrick said.
All of these will be sent to Sam as he participates in offseason organized team activities in hopes of earning a spot on the Rams roster for the 2014 season.
The day of recognition comes after Galveston ISD and the city of Galveston proclaimed a similar day on May 9 for Ball High School product Mike Evans, who, as a wide receiver out of Texas A&M, was selected seventh overall in the first round of the draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The special day for Mike Evans, whose NFL Draft prospects were more certain than Sam’s, came on the day after the first round of the draft.
Sam, a defensive lineman, was the 249th overall pick in the seventh round of the draft, but he is most recognized for making national headlines when he publicly came out as gay in February.
Sam will now have chance to make history as the first openly gay athlete to make an NFL roster.
After graduating from Hitchcock in 2008, Sam accepted a scholarship offer from Missouri, where he would eventually earn the Southeastern Conference’s co-defensive player of the year award last season.