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The George A. Sutherland IV Memorial “Titan Tough” Award
George A. Sutherland IV, better known as “Big George” to the Titan Nation was a phenomenal young man who, along with his family, was an avid supporter of Drew Titan Athletics, in particular, Titan Football. Born on May 4th, 2004 to Crystal Moody and George Sutherland III, he was found to have Down’s Syndrome. From birth, his family taught him to face his challenge head on…and face it he did. George attended several Clayton County elementary schools, and was always known to have an attitude of achievement without excuses, a hug that would warm the coldest of hearts, and an infectious smile that easily lit up every room he entered.
In 2011, it was discovered that George had developed a form of Leukemia, but that did not stop him from regularly attending school as well as supporting the Drew Titans football team. His inspiration led to the team naming him their “captain” for the 2011 season, and he and his family were honored at the September 2011 game vs. Sandy Creek at the Georgia Dome.
George bravely battled his disease until February 24, 2012, when he passed away at Childrens’ Hospital of Atlanta. As he looks down from Heaven, his memory now lives on as the spirit of all that we at Drew aspire each of our student-athletes to be…excellent without excuses.
The George A. Sutherland IV Memorial “Titan Tough” Award is given annually to the top male and female student-athlete that best exemplifies the qualities that “Big George” demonstrated, as chosen by the athletics staff and administration of Charles Drew High School. This year’s inaugural awards will be given at the Titans’ Class of 2012 Commencement Ceremonies. In addition, an annual donation will be made to the Blood Cancers division of Childrens’ Hospital of Atlanta (Eggleston), as George was an inspiration to the staff there as well.
We at Drew hope that this award stands as long as our beloved school as a testament to the relentless pursuit of our athletics creed…to be forever “TITAN TOUGH”! (Video Link)