One of the best stories in the Charlotte Metro Area comes from a 1A school that has some immense talent and in the shadows of several big area powerhouses, has become known for developing Division 1 talent and sending them to some of the biggest schools in the nation.
Head Coach Robert Washington has taken a program that was somewhat of an afterthought a few years ago, and turned them into a feared opponent within not only Gaston County, but within the 1A ranks. The special thing about them however isn’t the talent, it’s the insight and guidance that Washington pours into these kids each day as a Guidance Counselor at Mountain Island Charter School.
Washington consistently preaches that football is only a vessel to a full life, and stresses the importance of grades and character off the football field. However, don’t be fooled that the Raptors are satisfied with coming up short in the playoffs the past couple of years. Washington led a passionate speech at the end of the Blue & White Game reminding his team of the task at hand this upcoming season.
We will share a portion of that speech very soon, but for now please enjoy these select pictures and our interview with Coach Washington below. Stay tuned for player interviews from the Raptors as well! Thanks to Coach Washington and Coach Hawk for their invite and hospitality as always!
For ALL pictures from our visit at Mountain Island Charter please click below: