Former UCF Knights standout and current Buffalo Bills wide receiver Gabriel Davis is spending the Thanksgiving holiday giving back to his hometown of Sanford.
“This year has affected us all in so many ways, and as we enter the holiday season, I wanted to do everything I could to make an impact in the community that invested in me since day one,” Davis said.
Davis contributed to his former high school football team’s fundraiser and is providing Thanksgiving meals to the Sanford Fire and Police Department, he said in a tweet on Thursday:
The opportunity to give back is always a blessing pic.twitter.com/mjxZcBxH3o— Gabriel Davis (@DavisGB1) November 26, 2020
He donated $2,500 to the Seminole High School football team, according to the list of contributions on the school’s fundraiser site.
A donation of this size would help Seminole with its playoff expenses, upgrading and getting new equipment, among other costs. The team has raised $11,087 of its $15,000 goal as of Thursday.
“[S]ky’s the limit for you guys,” Davis said. “I hope this $ contribution lifts the squad to a strong run this playoff season! Go get that chip.”
The Seminole High School football team (8-0) is continuing its 2020 FHSAA Class 8A Football State Championships run this weekend. Davis attended Seminole from 2014-2017; during his senior season, he had 69 receptions for 1,347 yards and 17 touchdowns.
UCF Athletic Director Danny White replied to the tweet, “Big-Time example of what it means to be a Knight! Leaders lead!”
Seminole High School principal and UCF alumnus Jordan Rodriguez shared his appreciation for Davis’ support on Monday.
“Thank you Gabe for your continued support of our program and always serving as a role model to the next generation of Noles,” he tweeted.
“Our guy gets it,” Rodriguez said Thursday.
For our playoff push, your Varsity Football team aims to raise $15,000 to assist w/ expenses. Please consider donating. The last donor was none other than Buffalo Bills WR Gabriel Davis with a generous $2500. @SanSemAthletics @DavisGB1 @DarenStoltzfus https://t.co/oUcauttiYH— JordanRodriguez (@JRod3510) November 23, 2020
The Bills rookie also teamed up with Sonny’s BBQ to provide Thanksgiving meals to the Sanford Police and Fire Department, who risks their lives “to keep people safe no matter the circumstance.”
Daniella Medina is a contributing writer for Black & Gold Banneret. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews.