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Building character: DCHS Tigers reflect on mission to Haiti
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DCHS students walk with children in Haiti during a mission trip in early July. - photo by For the Dawson County News
One of the underlying themes of the sporting world is the concept that the values and lessons imparted on the field of friendly competition will be used throughout an individual’s life. Learning the importance of team effort and individual sacrifice in pursuit of a common goal exceeds the importance of the total score or the wins and losses accumulated over a career, and the ability to incorporate these lessons is part of what it takes to grow boys and girls into young men and women of character. “Football is the backdrop that allows us to impact the community,” said Tony Kijanko who, in addition to his duties as the Tight End and H-Back Coach for the Dawson County High School Tigers, serves as the team’s Community and Character coach. Coach Kijanko, along with his wife Dee, have been involved with the DCHS football program since 2017, and along with their passion for football, the Kijanko’s brought a sense of community service and faith that has blossomed amongst the young men in their care.