Timmons makes donation to Wilson High athletics
$500,000 contribution to help in renovating school’s new athletic stadium.
Wilson High School has received a huge donation from alumnus Lawrence Timmons, a star athlete at Wilson High School who went on to a notable college football career before eventually landing in the NFL, where he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
The donation will go toward several different areas within the Tiger athletics program, specifically the renovation of the new athletic stadium.
With the money, a new track will be installed, and additional seating will be constructed to bring the home-side seating in the stadium to 5,000.
Tiger Stadium will also get a facelift with new signage at the stadium entrance. An artist rendering of the proposed entrance shows a large brick entrance with a Tiger Stadium sign in Wilson purple and a gold tiger paw. All told, the renovations will total more than $500,000.
Wilson Principal Eric Robinson said that he was grateful for the donation.
“I am very appreciative of Mr. Timmons’ contribution,” Robinson said. “This just goes to show that he remembers where he came from and that he will always be a Tiger.”
The donation comes on the heels of the completion of Wilson’s new weight room, where the equipment also features the very familiar Wilson purple and gold.
“I am excited to see what everything looks like when it is done,” Robinson said. “Our students and our alumni deserve the best. I think this will motivate them to be even better on the field.
Robinson said that he believes this donation is the largest alumni donation ever made at one time.
Florence 1 Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard O’Malley said that the donation from Timmons shows how proud he is to have graduated as a Wilson Tiger and how important the new renovations to the new athletic stadiums really are to the community.
“Lawrence Timmons is a wonderful example for all of our alumni,” O’Malley said. “He has moved away and gone on to bigger things, but he remains connected to Wilson HS and gives back to that community in many different ways.”
Timmons said that he is happy to be able to contribute to facilities that will be used by future Tiger athletes and the community.
“All of these upgraded facilities, around the school and athletic complex, give students a renewed pride in their school,” Timmons said. “I’m glad to play a part in that.”
Construction for these projects is set to start in September.