Former football standout Ogletree donates to Newnan High

by Celia Shortt


Newnan High School alumnus Alec Ogletree shakes hands with NHS Head Football Coach Mike McDonald. Ogletree is giving back to NHS by way of a donation, which will be matched by the NFL. NHS is using it to update its weight room.

Newnan High School alumnus and National Football League standout Alec Ogletree is giving back to NHS by way of a donation to help the school enhance the campus for students.

“This is where I started,” he said on Thursday when he stopped by the school. “It’s a blessing to be able to give back like this.”

His gift of $5,000 to the school will be matched by the NFL. The $10,000 will be used to update the school’s weight room facilities.

“We’re definitely appreciative of this gift to our athletic program,” said NHS Principal Chase Puckett. “Our weight room has been in need. The gift of Alec and the Rams will impact all the students here.”

Ogletree graduated from NHS in 2010 and went on to play football for the University of Georgia. He was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Currently, he is a starting linebacker for the Rams.

For Ogletree, this opportunity to give back is a way he can be example to others.

“A lot of kids are looking up to me,” he said. “I want to be a positive light to them, to show them that if they work hard, they can give back like this.”

Puckett enjoys seeing Ogletree anytime he comes back to visit, but he’s also enlivened to see him excel in life.

“It’s exciting to see an athlete who grew up in our program who not only excels, but also values the community and where he grew up,” he said. “My first observations of him … were he was a very humble and hardworking man.”

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