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By Paul Myerberg
Trayvon Martin’s father, Tracy Martin, will serve as an honorary captain for Florida A&M University’s football program after he gave a moving and impassioned speech to the team this weekend, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Martin will join certain Florida A&M players on the field for the pregame coin toss prior to the Rattlers’ season opener against Mississippi Valley State on Sept. 1. He’ll continue to serve as Florida A&M’s honorary captain throughout the season, said coach Earl Holmes.
Holmes, who invited Martin to speak to his team, told the Orlando Sentinel the talk was “very, very encouraging.”
Martin spoke to FAMU about perseverance, Holmes said to the Sentinel. “[He] got a standing ovation from our guys,” Holmes said. “He talked about just persevering and told the guys to keep on pushing through the hard times. The message he shared with the kids was very positive and they were very responsive.
“That was very, very powerful meeting and a powerful message he gave to the kids. You could see it… the guys’ eyes just lit up.”
Trayvon Martin was shot to death last February in a gated community in Sanford, Fla. George Zimmerman was acquitted last month of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting.
Since his son’s death, Martin and his wife have been collecting support for the Trayvon Martin Foundation, an organization founded to raise awareness of the effect violence can have on families and to provide support for impacted families.
“We’re going to keep pushing for him and his foundation,” Holmes said. “I think what he’s doing with the foundation is big and it speaks volumes and I want the football team and FAMU Nation to be part of that.”
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