First CORE Champions Announced!

Coach Phillip Fulmer To Speak At 2013 CORE Champion Awards Banquet



February 21, 2013

GCS Education Foundation Announces 2013 CORE Champions


Coach Phillip Fulmer To Speak At 2013 CORE Champion Awards Banquet


The Board of Trustees of the Greeneville City Schools (GCS) Education Foundation have chosen the winners of the first-ever CORE Champion Awards in the categories of Outstanding Young Alumni, Distinguished Alumni, Distinguished Service, and Outstanding Patron.


CORE Champions are defined as those who demonstrate dedication to human service by committing to a cause, optimizing resources, re-investing in the community, and equipping others for success.


Champions for 2013 were selected in four categories:


Outstanding Young Alumni – Captain Jordan Yokley, M.D., U.S. Army, GHS Class of 2001.

Distinguished Alumni – Mr. John C. Compton, GHS Class of 1979, strategic advisor to Pilot Flying J, the Cleveland Browns, and the Haslam family, and former President of PepsiCo, Inc.

Distinguished Service – Mr. Terry Leonard, GHS Class of 1956, Chairman of Leonard & Associates.

Outstanding Patron – Mr. Scott M. Niswonger, President of the Niswonger Foundation, co-founder of Landair Services, Chairman Emeritus of Forward Air Corporation.

The GCS Education Foundation will honor the award recipients at the CORE Champion Awards banquet to be held on Thursday, April 4th at 6PM, at the General Morgan Inn.

Humanitaian and former UT football coach, Phillip Fulmer will be on-hand to address the honorees and dinner guests.



Coach Phillip Fulmer to speak


Coach Fulmer credits his parents for providing his Christian foundation and teaching him the principles of family, hard work, dedication to goals, and teamwork, which have translated to a lifetime of positive experiences. He is an avid outdoorsman, family man, and civic and community minded.


Coach Fulmer played football at UT from 1968 -1971. He served as Head Football Coach at Tennessee for 17 years, from 1992-2008. In his 17 seasons as Head Football Coach, his record was 152-52 with a 74 percent winning percentage, he had 92 players make a NFL roster, 18 players earned All American honors and another 68 players were selected All-SEC.


Coach Fulmer has taken his winning attitude and team-building principles to the business world and continues to be successful. He appeared in the academy award winning movie, The Blind Side. He has enjoyed working with CBS Sports as an expert studio analyst on Football Saturdays in the fall. He is a partner with Northshore Management Company in Knoxville, and shares his knowledge and experiences through speaking opportunities across the country.


"We are thrilled to be able to have Coach Fulmer with us to help us launch this important event, and to deliver his inspirational message to our CORE Champions and our banquet guests", said Dr. Craig Shepherd, Chairman of the GCS Education Foundation Board of Trustees.


Advance reservations are required to reserve a seat at the banquet, and seating is limited. Please call Allison Adams, executive director of the GCS Education Foundation, at (423) 823-0001, to make your reservation.


Proceeds from this event benefit the GCS Education Foundation.


The GCS Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1996 by a group of private citizens, working closely with the Greeneville City Board of Education and GCS system administration. The organization advocates for a strong system of public education and strives to go "Beyond The Basics" provided to schools via government funding so students will be college and career read, and successfully equipped in a global society. Visit , or call (423) 823-0001 for more information about the GCS Education Foundation.


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