A boyhood dream come true! We are proud of Morgan Cox (‘05)!
From an ECS senior road tripping with buddies to watch his favorite pro football team play in Nashville to earning his fifth Pro Bowl bid - now playing for his home state's NFL franchise, Tennessee Titans long snapper Morgan Cox ('05) said, "I've seen God's hands on a lot of things as I kind of reflect on my career. I am grateful for the opportunities I have been given, and the unique experiences I have gotten to have because of this game."
ECS is proud to announce our partnership with Diversity & Integration of Christian Education (DICE), a foundation that offers endowments to Christian schools that help provide a Christian education to children from diverse, low-income families.
We are excited about this new partnership which will give more minority families who desire Christian education the ability to attend ECS. In turn, it will help diversify our student population at ECS, enriching our entire school community by better reflecting the Church as a whole.
“There are many Christian families living in impoverished neighborhoods with very limited educational opportunities – and little prospect for breaking the cycle of poverty,” according to DICE’s website. “Sadly, many of these children – often minorities – never get the chance to experience the educational and religious opportunities that a private Christian school provides. Diversity & Integration of Christian Education is working to change that.”
John (ECS class of 2002) and Maura Bailey, ECS parents of JJ (3rd), Joshua (2nd), Catherine (SK), Caitlyn (JK), Jacob (JK) and James (LE), founded the organization in 2019. Since then, ECS varsity boys basketball coach Amory Sanders, and his wife Laura, ECS parents of Emma (5th) and John (2nd), and Denardo and Kim Crawford, parents of Noelle and Brielle (age 10) and Desmond (age 2) and have joined the foundation as members of the board of directors, chaired by John.
John recalled going through the process of selecting a school for their children to attend years ago. “In all categories, especially biblical discipleship, ECS was winning,” John remembered. “However, the student population was not very diverse. I met with leadership about it and learned that funding was the primary obstacle. So I said, ‘I can change that.’” As a result, the DICE Foundation was formed.
Amory said, “There is a common need for this. My wife is a teacher and knows students who would love the opportunity to participate at ECS and be a part of its discipleship. This foundation helps to give them that opportunity.”
Providing a private Christian education gives children from low-income families an improved chance to proceed on to higher education following high school graduation. Studies have shown that children who receive a private education are 25% more likely to attend college than those who attend public schools (Council for American Private Education).
DICE seeks to endow ECS with scholarship funding for students who meet the criteria for admission and who represent minority families who desire Christian education starting in elementary school all the way through 12th grade. DICE funds not only tuition, but also school lunches, uniforms, and fees for extracurricular activities such as athletics and field trips for the entire Christian education experience. The directors want these students to start ECS at a young age, hopefully before barriers get built.
Denardo said, “The reason there is so much racial division is we all tend to stay in our own areas. We stay separated. The older we get, the more entrenched we tend to become. This foundation will make it easier to break that as these children start going to school with each other at a young age.” He added, “That’s why we want a diverse group. We are in this together.”
DICE Foundation also allows for teacher training to help faculty understand students from different cultures. In addition, the foundation requires the involvement of families who receive the scholarships.
Maura, Laura and Kim are all involved in this effort and willing to lend support to the families who will receive these scholarships. Maura said, “It is important that the wives are involved to have that support, especially for single moms. We want to help them be successful, and that is done by building relationships.”
To read more about DICE and explore ways you can contribute to their effort to provide an ECS education to more minority students, please visit their website at www.enlighteningyouth.org.
We are so grateful for the leadership of the Baileys, the Sanders and the Crawfords whose generosity and commitment to diversity at ECS will greatly enrich our school community and make all of our students better prepared to lead in life.
As part of the annual Professional Speaker Series, our juniors and seniors learned more about potential career paths. Experts answered students' questions and shared about their careers in the medical, legal, financial, engineering, real estate, law enforcement, veterinary, teaching and consulting professions. Speakers included ECS alumni, parents and other industry leaders.
We were so glad to have some of our outstanding alumni return to campus to share more about their professions with our students! Many thanks to the following alumni:
Congratulations to Morgan Cox (‘05) who recently played in his 200th NFL game! Morgan currently plays long snapper for the Tennessee Titans and was featured on the Mike Vrabel Show. See clip below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMZyftDhnMM
Check out this article in Style Blueprint, announcing plans to open an additional Lower School option at the Shelby Farms campus in 2023-2024, the first time in our school history that all grades will be offered on one campus! Space is limited. Schedule a tour, and apply now at THIS LINK
A record number of golfers participated in this year’s Steve Collums Classic Golf Tournament to benefit the tuition assistance program. It was a beautiful day to play golf, enjoy the ECS community and raise funds for a great cause!
See our complete photo album at https://www.facebook.com/ECSAlumni
Congratulations to Austin Cooper (‘10), who completed the qualification course for Army Special Forces this year as an 18 Bravo, Special Forces Weapons Sergeant Green Beret.
In his military career, he served in the US Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer from 2014 to 2019. During this time, he deployed as a platoon commander with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment. After deployment, he was the only marine that year to attend and graduate the US Army Ranger School. Austin got out of the USMC as a Captain.
Austin joined the US Army in 2019 in order to join US Army Special Forces, and he graduated Airborne school in 2021.
Austin is pictured with his wife, Katie, his parents, Richard (‘88) and Amee, and brother, Hunter Cooper (‘13).
Congratulations to ECS class of '01 alumnus Clint Dowdle, who was recently named to The Athletic's College Sports 40 Under 40 list for his impressive work in the sports industry as one of the most influential coaching agents at Creative Arts Agency.
"Dowdle helped negotiate Marcus Freeman’s promotion to head coach at Notre Dame, and his list of clients includes Oregon’s Dan Lanning, Missouri’s Eli Drinkwitz, Florida State’s Mike Norvell, Philadelphia Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni, Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Utah State’s Blake Anderson. CAA is the biggest player in the college coaching agent world, and Dowdle has quickly moved up the ranks."
Tennessee Titans players wore their high school jerseys into Nissan Stadium recently, so ECS alumnus and Titans long snapper Morgan Cox proudly wore his #53 ECS Eagles jersey. The last time he wore it was also in Nashville at the 2005 State Championship!
Coach Terry Tippett stopped by to see his former players compete in the Legacy League Semifinals.
Pictured below, guys who played for Coach Tippett, L to R: Cameron Dobbins ‘15, Peyton Watts ‘15, Conner Graves ‘14, Jake Weatherford ‘16, Coach Tippett, Marcus Lytle ‘15, Noah Teed ‘15, Benton Garrison ‘16
Also pictured below are Hunter Harrington, Micah Teed and Steven Kaspar, who played on Coach Tippett’s 2011 state championship team.
Williams currently serves as SVP for Cushman & Wakefield/Commercial Advisors. During his days as a sports agent, he helped negotiate a $127.5 million contract for pitcher Matt Cain in 2012, the largest in Major League Baseball at the time. On the real estate front, Williams has worked on MAA's build-to-suite headquarters in Germantown, to name just one of the many high-profile deals.
When asked what motivates him, Williams responded, "Strive for excellence in every facet of my life; not to earn God’s grace — of which I cannot earn — but because of God’s grace of which He has freely given me."
So many from the ECS community attended a reception on May 19 to celebrate Mr. Brink's retirement after 49 years of faithful service to ECS. It was a fun afternoon full of catching up and lots of hugs! Check out our full photo album on our @ECSeagles Facebook page. #ECSeagles #ecsalumni
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