Event to honor former High Point football coach Metcalf

Sep. 19, 2013 @ 12:57 PM

A former High Point high-school football coach who is now battling lymphoma will be honored Friday night at one of his favorite places — on the field.
Charlie Metcalf, the former head football coach at T. Wingate Andrews High School — and now an assistant coach at Asheville High School — will be honored at Asheville’s home game Friday night during the team’s annual cancer awareness event.
“As we try to bring cancer awareness to our community at a football game each year, we wanted to bring recognition to one who has meant so much to so many,” said Danny Wilkins, Asheville’s head coach and a longtime friend of Metcalf.
Players will wear pink on their uniforms — the universal color for breast cancer support — but will also wear lime-green wristbands (for lymphoma support) that say, “No One Fights Alone,” as a tribute to Metcalf.
“Our faculty, staff, students and team are supportive and prayerful that Coach Metcalf will someday in the near future be diagnosed as a cancer survivor,” Wilkins said.
Metcalf, who also teaches history at Asheville, was diagnosed with Stage 3 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after discovering a lump on his neck over the summer. He’s about halfway through his regimen of chemotherapy treatments and has refused to let the treatments slow him down, Wilkins said.
“He is very dedicated to his students and players,” he said. “...Though not feeling well, he continues to work all day with his teaching and coaching duties as if nothing is different.”
That’s typical of the way Metcalf has battled the lymphoma, according to his daughter, Mitzi Metcalf Reece.
“It is no secret that teaching and coaching are his passion — he has continued to do both throughout his treatments,” she said. “He is a strong man and has never given up, so we are faithful and hopeful that at the end of his treatments he will beat this and be cancer-free.”
Metcalf taught and coached at Andrews for 11 years — he left for Asheville in 2004 — and still has strong ties to High Point, his daughter said.
“My dad has spent his whole life caring so much about his family, friends, students and players both on and off the field,” she said.
“It has been so wonderful to see so many of his players and students, both past and present, reach out to him with love, concern, encouragement, thoughts and prayers. Many of those friends, former students, former players, teachers and coaches are from High Point since he taught, coached and made such a difference there for 11 years.”
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