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2017 Hardee Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Photography by Sandy Scott The Hardee Athletic Foundation inducted the 2017 Hardee Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame members on Friday evening Sept. 22, 2017. The dinner was held at Florida's First Assembly Family Life Center with a crowd of over 340 hanging on every word that was spoken about the inductees, Doyle Carlton III and Matt Scott. These men have made immeasurable contributions to Hardee Athletics. They were high school athletes, Doyle played for Hardee High and Matt for Desoto High. They both began their coaching career in Hardee Sports in the seventies with youth leagues. Matt and Doyle coached together in the old Hardee Youth Football League. They continued through the years and coached on several coaching staffs for Hardee High. In addition to coaching they influenced young men through their character. During and after their coaching careers they lead the local Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Many years they traveled to FCA camp each summer with a bus load of Hardee athletes to encourage their spiritual growth as well as their athletic ability.

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Inductees Doyle Carlton III and Matt Scott

Matt Scott with his family

Matt Scott said, “There is a tremendous responsibility with being a coach.” Doyle Carlton mentioned, “Being inducted into this group was a hard thing to fathom, because these are the people I have looked up to my whole life.” We are excited about these two honorees joining the fourteen other Hall of Fame members on the Hall of Fame Wall at Wildcat Stadium.

Doyle Carlton III with his family.

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