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BB&T annual football jamboree

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The 22nd annual BB&T High School Football Jamboree takes place Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington. The jamboree is made up of ten teams taking part in five scrimmages. The jamboree is all about tradition. In the Wilmington area it is the unofficial start to the high school football season. NHC Dir. Of athletics Joe Miller said, "We were talking on the way in and somebody said you can't even mention the words bb and somebody mentions the football jamboree at this time of year, so it is an exciting time." The jamboree will start at 5 p.m. Friday with a cheerleading showcase followed by 5 scrimmages involving all the New Hanover County football teams, along with 6 schools from around the region. Scott Braswell, Hoggard head coach, said, "It is a game like atmosphere, it's a big time atmosphere and it gives us a chance to look at a lot of young guys who haven't been in that situation yet." Football action starts at 6 p.m. with the defending state champion Hoggard taking on 2a perennial power Whiteville. It is easy to get caught up in who's scoring, and how they score, but the jamboree more importantly is 21 years worth of economic boost to the local high school football scene. BB&T regional president Jeff Etheridge said, "In the past 21 years we have been able to raise $830,000 of which $382,000 has been returned in scholarships and $417,000 has been returned to the athletic programs of the schools themselves." 396 local athletes have received scholarship money as a result of the jamboree, which you could say, is a staple of our community.

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