DUNCAN, OK (KSWO) - This morning Duncan High School held a pep rally for Swim Coach Andrew Bowers.
Bowers is a top 15 finalist for US Cellular's Most Valuable Coach and today he received a 5-thousand dollar check during the rally.
The gym at Duncan High School was packed with students, faculty, and friends and family of Coach Bowers.From the cheerleaders and the dance line, everyone wanted to show their support. Former students shared words on how Bowers has helped them.
Bowers is one of 15 finalists who was selected among thousands across the nation for US Cellular's Most Valuable Coach of the year.
"It's amazing it's very humbling to have the entire community of Duncan and the surrounding communities voting for us and our team...it's really awesome," said Bowers.
The U.S. Cellular team presented him with a $5,000 check.
"We are going to use it for some scholarships perhaps to build a scholarship for swimmers who want to go to college," said Bowers.
Duncan High School principal Kelly Trinidad said she's beyond proud of Bowers' hard work and the character he displays.
"He absolutely connects and commits with every swimmer he has. I know it is unusual to have a swim team around the parts but I we have a tremendous program here and it grows because he is so tremendous," said Trinidad.
Now, Bowers is hoping the community will help him win the Grand Prize of $50,000.
"Yeah, 100 percent of the money goes back to the students every single penny. I don't win anything other than I guess the recognition so really voting for the students of Duncan High School," said Bowers.
U.S. Cellular's Most Valuable Coach program aims at honoring high school coaches who lead by example, strengthen their teams and give back to their communities.