Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 18, 2014

Friends of Coal to receive award from WVSSAC

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

CHARLESTON — In conjunction with the National Federation of State High School Associations, the West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission, will present the State Award for Outstanding Service to the West Virginia Coal Assocation and the Friends of Coal.

Bill Raney, the president of the West Virginia Coal Association, will accept the award at the Class AAA state championship on Saturday at the Charleston Civic Center.

“This program is all about the student-athletes in West Virginia and recognizing their individual efforts and team accomplishment,” said Raney, in a press release. “The partnership with the SSAC gives our companies and our people, the best coal miners in the world, the opportunity to show our commitment to education and pride in those young West Virginians who are going to lead us into a bright future.

“Our members are so proud to be part of this special program.”

WVSSAC Executive Director Gary Ray also recently spoke about the importance of the award.  

“We have no greater friend and partnership than with the Coal Association and the Friends of Coal,” Ray said. “The relationship began 13 years ago and our member schools, student-athletes, coaches and fans have benefited greatly.

“We are combining our greatest natural resource, coal, with our greatest human resource, our youth.”