QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida A&M University Rattlers football team are kicking off their season with a scrimmage in Quincy.
The FAMU Rattlers will host their first scrimmage of the season at Corry Field.
Festivities kick off with a rally at 1 p.m. at James A. Shanks Middle School where Rattlers Head Coach Willie Simmons graduated.
Then they will move across the street at 3:30 p.m. where the Rattlers will scrimmage.
Quincy's Interim City Manager, Jack Mclean Jr. says this means a lot to the community for an alum to give back and share his success.
"It means a lot for, first for him to come back home, second that he is setting examples that you can play on Corry Field and you can go off and do great things, and thirdly, one of the things he reminds us of is how important sports are in the life of a person, developing a character, and developing their opportunity," said McLean Jr.
QUINCY, Fla. (WTXL) - Football season is almost here, and the Florida A&M Rattlers are giving back to the community ahead of the season.
Crews were out Thursday getting the stadium ready for Saturday's big event.
And this is more than just a scrimmage for the Rattlers. This is a big community event for the city of Quincy.
FAMU, the city, and Gadsden County Public Schools are all joining together.
Before kickoff, there will be a "Rattler Rally and Back to School Success Celebration" at the James A. Shanks Middle School gym.
And playing on Corry Field is a big deal for many people involved.
Said De'Cory Fagg of the City of Quincy: "From this field, we share share many memories here. Coach Simmons was one guy that I grew up watching when I was younger. He came out before me. I think we played on this field our entire life. I started playing on it recreation league through high school."
The rally starts at 1 p.m. Saturday. After that, everyone will cross the street to see the scrimmage at 3:30 p.m.
Both events are free.
This is the first time the team has held a scrimmage on the field. It just shows how much the new head coach is proud of his beginnings.