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The Coach Tate Foundation (CTF) is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization established in 2010 in memory of Johnny Coach Tate, who passed away April 28, 2010, after a brief illness. Drexel Heritage in Burke County was his workplace for 44 years, but the R.O. Huffman Center in Drexel, NC, was his home and his passion for more than 35 years where he coached youth football and basketball and built a YBOA traveling team known as the Burke Cobras.
Coach Tate was passionate about coaching, and it showed in the way he touched the lives of hundreds of kids and parents throughout his lifetime. In October 2010, the Drexel Booster Club honored the memory of Coach Tate by renaming the R.O. Huffman Recreation Center football field after him.
To immortalize the passion and commitment Coach Tate showed for children and young adults in Burke County, Coach Tates oldest daughter Phrantceena Halres established the Coach Tate Foundation. The mission of the Coach Tate Foundation is to provide scholarships, leadership development, and character building for student-athletes in Burke and surrounding counties.