March 21 parade to honor Jay M. Robinson High School boys basketball team
Friday, March 18, 2016

CONCORD – The City of Concord is hosting a parade on Monday, March 21 to honor the
2016 state champion Jay M. Robinson High School boys' basketball team. The parade will begin at 5:30 p.m. near Forest Hill United Methodist Church, near the intersection of Union Street N and Buffalo Ave NW.

Concord Police and Fire personnel will provide an escort through the parade route.
Ben Mynatt Chevrolet and Hilbish Ford are providing vehicles for the teams to ride in during the parade. The school's cheerleaders and the Pride of Robinson marching band will also participate.

Heading south on Union Street, the parade will arrive at the intersection of Union Street S and Means Ave SE at approximately 6:00 p.m. A stage program will feature the team and continue with public recognition by Mayor Scott Padgett and the Concord City Council, the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners, the Cabarrus County Board of Education, and others.

As part of the ceremony, Mayor Padgett will proclaim Monday, March 21 as Bulldog Day in the City of Concord.

"The City Council Members and I are proud of the Bulldogs' efforts all season and particularly in the championship game against Sanford," said Padgett. "This team has demonstrated the success that is possible in the face of adversity and serves as an inspiration to us all. The players, Coach Lavar Batts, Sr. and his staff, and the entire Robinson community are to be commended. We look forward to honoring the team together with the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners and the Cabarrus County Board of Education as they parade down Union Street and hope the entire community will join in this celebration."

"The Jay M. Robinson Bulldogs achieved the extraordinary," said Steve Morris, chair of the Cabarrus County Board of Commissioners. "Their ability to come from behind and succeed shows us all that focus, skill, and determination make greatness possible. Congratulations on your hard work. We are very proud of you."

"We are extremely proud of the Robinson basketball team," said Carolyn Carpenter, vice chair, Cabarrus County Board of Education. "They have had an extraordinary season and finished it off with the top prize – a state championship."

"The students and staff of Cabarrus County Schools congratulate the Jay M. Robinson men’s basketball team on its state 3A Championship," said Chris Lowder, superintendent, Cabarrus County Schools. "It has been exciting to watch these young men play all season long. And it has been great to watch our entire community come together to support and celebrate them."

The Bulldogs (29-3), won the 2016 NCHSAA 3A Men's Championship in a dramatic 59-55 finish against Fayetteville's Terry Sanford High School at Carmichael Arena in Chapel Hill on Saturday, March 12. It is the team's first state championship and the first Cabarrus County boys public school basketball team to win a state championship since Concord High School in 2007. The Bulldogs also achieved
South Piedmont 3A Conference regular season and tournament championships this year.

For more information about the Robinson Bulldogs basketball team, contact Greg Hall, principal, at 704-788-4500.