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AK Sports Report (November 23-28)

By Brian Knab, 11/22/20, 9:15PM EST

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MISSION:  TO PROVIDE ATHLETIC PROGRAMS THAT PRODUCE A PRIDEFUL EXPERIENCE FOR ALL AND PREPARE STUDENT-ATHLETES TO COMPETE IN LIFE.

 

AK SPORTS REPORT

(November 23-28, 2020)

As we hit Thanksgiving week, we want to wish all our AK families a safe and wonderful Holiday break, and hope you enjoy quality time with family and loved ones.  We are definitely thankful to see our Knights student-athletes back in action and competing, as Volleyball and Cross Country had a successful first week of the season.  We are also excited and thankful to host our first on-campus athletic event since March, with the Volleyball Home opener this Monday!  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

  GO KNIGHTS!  PROTECT THE CASTLE!

 

  • VOLLEYBALLAK Volleyball started the season strong with JV and Varsity earning two road sweeps in SoMeck 7 Conference play over South Meck and Harding.  The Lady Knights will play back-to-back matches in conference play prior to the Thanksgiving break, including the Home opener on Monday night…….excited to see the Lady Knights competing back in THE CASTLE!
    • 11/23 – @ Home vs. West Meck (JV Intra-sqad)
      • JV – 4:00 PM
      • Varsity – 4:00 PM
    • 11/24 – @ Olympic
      • JV – 4:00 PM
      • Varsity – 5:30 PM

 

 

  • MEN’S & WOMEN’S SWIMMING:  AK Swimming hits the official start date of the NCHSAA season this Monday with tryouts and pre-season training beginning.  Good luck to all the Aqua Knights as they get ready for the upcoming season!

 

IMPORTANT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • AK Athletics Pre-Season Parent Meeting (Video Presentation)
    • Due to current restrictions on mass gatherings, we obviously cannot hold our Athletics Pre-Season Parent Meetings in the traditional format in the main gym.  These will be held at the team level through video conferencing, but we have also put together a video presentation of information that applies to all sports this year.  Below is the YouTube link and this will also be posted on the AK Athletics web-site along with the slide deck of the presentation:

 

  • 2020-2021 – AK Athletics Schedule Page
    • Most season schedules for the 2020-2021 athletic seasons have been posted on our AK Athletic Schedules page.  Please visit the following link to view the most up-to-date schedules as they unfold throughout the school year:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/ardreykell?id=1319821-ardrey-kell-knights-athletic-schedules
    • Also, be sure to frequently view our AK Athletics Master Calendar (Google Calendar) embedded on this page.  It is always kept up-to-date and revised with schedule changes as we move through the season.

 

  • Ticket-to-Play Update
    • Ticket-to-Play turn-in sessions have been held multiple times for all sports as they phased back in for off-season workouts.  Any student still wishing to get a Ticket-to-Play should visit the AK Athletic Forms page (referenced below) and complete the requirements.  Forms can be submitted to the front office during school hours only.

 

  • 2020-2021 AK Athletic Forms Page
    • Be sure to visit the AK Athletic Forms page on our CMSathleticzone web-site to get all the information needed for athletic participation, including the AK on-line athletic pre-participation packet, which is required for all student-athletes.  Link to the page is provided below.
    • https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/843586-ak-athletic-forms

 

  • 2020-2021 Head Coaches Contact Information
    • AK once again has the best coaching staff in North Carolina, full of driven professionals that are passionate about interscholastic athletics and care about the student-athletes they are privileged to serve.  Below is the link to our AK Coaching Info. page, with contact information for all AK Head Coaches.  Make sure you reach out if you have not been connected yet with the sport you are interested in participating in.
    • https://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/979728-ak-athletic-department-information

 

  • 2020-2021 Season Passes & AK Athletic Boosters Membership
  • AK Athletic Booster Club Memberships are currently available for purchase at a special rate this year of only $10!  Membership can be purchased through either of the following platforms:
  • Season Passes will be sold this year!  We are currently working on single sport and all-season options that will be available through VarsityTix digital ticketing.  Information will be shared at the team level as the different seasons get underway.

 

  • VarsityTix – Digital Ticketing
    • AK Athletics is partnering with VarsityTix for full digital and contactless ticketing solutions this year.  VarsityTix provides a similar platform as Hudl GoFan and, when the times comes, we will transition our season passes through VarsityTix as well.
    • Below is the link to the VarsityTix site……….more information will be shared soon on spectator ticketing this year as our account is activated:

 

  • NFHS Network
    • Livestreamed sporting events are coming to THE CASTLE!  Ardrey Kell High School is thrilled to announce its partnership with the NFHS Network!  With stadium and gym capacity limitations, we are now able to provide you and your family access to all events held in our stadium and main gym through the NFHS Network from the safety and comfort of your home!  Please access the link below, subscribe to our channel, and select Ardrey Kell High School as your school of choice.
    • https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/
    • By subscribing to the AKHS channel, you will not only gain access to ALL of our stadium and main gym events, you will also be able to access every sporting event nationwide that is streamed on the NFHS Network.  At AK you will be able to view Football, Basketball, Cheer, Volleyball, Wrestling, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track & Field and also Swimming (as cameras have also been installed at the two CMS pools) and any other event we host at THE CASTLE stadium and main gym!  A percentage of each subscription cost will return to AK Athletics to continue to provide support for our programs and student-athletes.

 

  • Official Ardrey Kell On-line Spirit Wear Store
    • Visit the official on-line spirit wear store for the Ardrey Kell Knights and get decked out in some great gear to support your Knights for the upcoming season.  New gear for the 2020-2021 school year is now available and you can customize your gear with almost endless design options!  Visit the link below or click on the banner on our main athletic web-page on the CMSathleticzone site.
    • https://sideline.bsnsports.com/schools/north_carolina/charlotte/ardrey-kell-high-school

 

NOVEMBER COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT – CORPORATE PARTNER DOMINO’S (Taylor Patterson)

Domino's Pizza is a household name and a big brand, but because they are franchise owned, our local Domino's have been owned and operated by our neighbors in the community for over 30 years.  Taylor Patterson, whose family owns 63 stores in the Carolinas, is a co-owner and a Field Marketing Lead for Domino's. He has been working with Ardrey Kell AKABC concessions and corporate sponsorships for two years now.

Taylor and his family have lived in Charlotte their whole lives.  He grew up with an identical twin brother and went to Providence High School and Appalachian State University. Taylor tells us, "During COVID, Domino's has been very fortunate to stay open and deliver hot, fresh pizza, safely, to the masses.  At all locations, our employees are masked up and practicing Contactless Curbside Delivery for carry out as well as home deliveries."

Taylor says, "We take pride in our people and we promote our 3 basic principles - Teamwork, Enthusiasm & The Golden Rule - in everything we do." This sense of community came through during COVID.  He explains, "Domino's has a Partners Foundation.  It was created as a non-profit to help team members in need.  At the point of hire, employees can choose to donate any amount of their paycheck to the foundation. Every penny that gets donated ends up in a team member's hands.  Throughout COVID, we get emails saying someone from our team got the help they needed.  It's a great feeling that Domino's nationwide is there to support team members."

Taylor expresses thanks to AKABC for the benefits of being a sponsor.  He says, "With Ardrey Kell being the powerhouse that it is, we are honored to be a sponsor of Athletics.  This sponsorship has not only helped the store that delivers directly to the school, but it has also helped neighboring stores all over Charlotte.  Visiting parents and families at athletic events see our pizza being offered and it reminds them of how good the product really is."

Taylor gives these words of advice to our students, "Don't rush all the fun things in life. There will always be a time and place for those things.  Focus on the friendships you have because you never know what will happen tomorrow.  In business, do what you love and never settle for the easy route." 

Thank you to Taylor Patterson and Domino's for continuing to partner with AK Athletics, even this year when it's not easy. We look forward to more Domino's delivery of hot, fresh pizza to our sporting events and our homes!

AK Corporate Partners – 2020-2021

A special thank you to our AK Corporate Sponsors.  Your support helps AKHS provide our student-athletes with the best interscholastic athletic experience for our deserving student-athletes!  Please thank the following area businesses and corporate sponsors for their commitment to Knights Athletics during the 2020-2021 school year by supporting their businesses. 

The White Group – Keller Williams Realty

Carolina’s Center for Oral & Facial Surgery

Coca-Cola

Nothing But Noodles

True Craft Pizza at Stonecrest

VeloPops

Atrium Health

Jersey Mike's at Stonecrest  

City BBQ

Tropical Smoothie

Domino’s

Ted’s Montana Grill

Sylvan Learning of Charlotte & Ballantyne

Brixx at Blakeney

Hodnett Orthodontics

Saladworks

Becca Rouse Photography, LLC

Lifetime Fitness

Little Burger at Rea Farms

Qdoba Mexican Eats

BSN Sports

Wendy’s

Circle K

Firebird’s Wood-Fired Grill

Chic-Fil-A at Blakeney

Cycle Bar

Rose Transportation

Hickory Tavern

Providence Country Club

Ballantyne Country Club

Atrium Health (for Head Athletic Trainer)

OrthoCarolina (for Asst. Athletic Trainer)

< >If you want to be an AK Athletic Booster Corporate Partner, please visit the following link for information on supporting our AK Athletic programs:  http://www.cmsathleticzone.com/page/show/1285298-corporate-sponsor-forms  

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GO AK KNIGHTS!