Ramey Auto Group Supports Bluefield College Football

Bluefield
College issued the following news
release:

Bluefield
College received a boost to its new
football program, Monday, October
11, in the form of a Founders-level gift to the Rams
Football Booster Club from the Ramey
Auto Group, a longtime supporter of community athletics.

Expressing their support and excitement for
college
football in Bluefield,
representatives of the Ramey Auto Group — Jimmy Ramey, Jr., Robert
Ramey, Jonathan Sheets, Brandon Sheets, Mark Brewster and Tammie
Lucas — presented a $5,000 check to Bluefield
College officials, making Ramey the
45th member of the Rams
Football Booster Club since the
school announced the return of the sport in June of this year.

“This is a great way for us to give back to the community, since
the community gives so much to us,” said Jimmy Ramey. “We’re always
trying to support local sports programs, and this (
football) is an exciting
opportunity at Bluefield
College. It will give local kids
the opportunity to participate in
college
football when otherwise they would
not have been able to.”

Bluefield
College formally announced the
return of
football this summer after an
extensive four-year-long feasibility study and a tremendous show of
support from alumni and friends. The school will begin club play in
the sport next fall and intercollegiate action in the fall of 2012,
some 70 years after the last gridiron team.

“We’re always looking for ways to support the community,
particularly community sports programs,” said Robert Ramey. “We
support Little League and high school sports, so we figured why not

college sports. We think
football is an exciting opportunity
for Bluefield
College, and we wanted to be a part
of it.”

Shortly after announcing the return of
football, Bluefield
College hired Mike Gravier, a coach
with a history of launching new
football programs and a track
record of developing players both on and off the field, to revive
the sport.

“It’s encouraging to see prominent members of the community,
like the Ramey Auto Group, not only excited about the renewal of
our
football program, but willing to
step forward and assist us in its development,” said Coach
Gravier.

The Ramey Auto Group represents eight auto dealerships and
service centers and hundreds of employees from from Princeton and
Beckley, West Virginia, to Tazewell and Richlands, Virginia, to
Johnson City, Tennessee.

“We’re so excited to have the Ramey Auto Group support Bluefield

College
football,” said Ruth Blankenship,
BC’s vice president for advancement. “They have been extremely
generous to provide financial resources to athletic programs in the
community, and now we’re glad they are part of the athletic program
at Bluefield
College as a Founders-level member
of the
Football Booster Club.”

Forty-five BC supporters have joined the Rams
Football Booster Club since its
inception this year, including 14 members who are considered
Founders with a gift of at least $5,000. The
Football Booster Club is designed
to provide the
college with the funds it will need
to field a team beginning next fall.

“This is something Mr. (Jimmy) Ramey (Sr.) wanted to do,” said
Jonathan Sheets about the Ramey Auto Group’s gift to BC
football. “We have a lot of
employees and a lot of his family that graduated from Bluefield
College, and we just feel really
fortunate to contribute to a program like this. Any type of
athletics, from pee-wee
football to collegiate
football, we’re just happy to be
part of it.”

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