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Morrison’s wall displays passion for Hillman athletics

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Doug Morrison (middle) owner of Morrison’s IGA in Hillman and proud Hillman supporter presents a $250 check to Hillman boys basketball head coach Eric Muszynski (left) and Hillman High School band director Ben Witter (right) on Monday at Morrison’s IGA in Hillman.

Doug Morrison has always had a passion for sports.

Morrison grew up playing sports in Hillman and his love for Hillman athletics has never faded.

It is hard to argue that there is a bigger supporter of the Hillman Tigers than Morrison, who is often seen at sporting events during each season during the school year and has been heavily involved in youth sports in the community.

Morrison, the owner of Morrison’s IGA, recently displayed his passion for Hillman athletics and found another way to support his hometown Tigers and athletes, along with making another one of his many donations to help the school improve and give students and athletes better opportunities.

On Monday, Morrison donated a $250 check to head coach Eric Muszynski for the boys basketball program and to Ben Witter who is the band director at Hillman High.

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Images of the newly designed Hillman Tigers pride wall inside of Morrison’s IGA are shown. The images are displayed on a wall by one one of the store entrances near Morrison’s office. Hillman athletes across the past three decades are currently displayed on the wall.

Not only did Morrison make a donation to both programs, but continued to show his pride for Hillman and love for its athletes by displaying them on a wall near one of the entrances near his office.

“I enjoy sports and I am a sports nut. I go to all of the games, even when my kids were little, I would take them to the games. I’ve been able to watch generations of athletes play. I love the games, I love the sports, I love the kids and I love being involved,” Morrison said. “All of the kids appreciate it when I go, I have gotten a lot of thank you’s over the years, so I know the support means a lot to them and that’s what it’s all about, it’s about the kids. I thought the kids would appreciate this when they stop into the store to see their picture on the wall and reflect on special memories they had as a Hillman Tiger.”

Images displayed on the wall span the past three decades and there are photos that include all of Hillman’s sports, some of its fans and of course, its athletes.

Morrison just wants people to know what is on the wall and how much he appreciates the athletes. His hopes are that people around the area will want to come in just to check out the wall.

“The special thing about this wall, I think, is the fact that some of these kids on here will be able to bring their families and kids in here later on down the road and show them that their mom or dad played sports in Hillman, I think that’s what is really cool about this wall,” Morrison said. “I wanted to make sure I got a lot of kids on this wall. I tried to find certain pictures with even a few people in the background, just so I could get as many people on the wall as I could.”

News Photo by Jonny Zawacki Images of the newly designed Hillman Tigers pride wall inside of Morrison’s IGA are shown. The images are displayed on a wall by one one of the store entrances near Morrison’s office. Hillman athletes across the past three decades are currently displayed on the wall.

Morrison’s support for the Hillman athletics and the athletes go much further than the donations that he makes throughout the year to help out in any way he can.

Morrison has also had one-on-one conversations with athletes across all sports if an athlete was struggling in school or being disciplined. Along with being a supporter, Morrison has tried to be a mentor to some of these athletes, explaining to many of them that these athletes only get four years and to not take the four years they earn playing at the varsity level at Hillman for granted.

Morrison understands he has had it better than most when it comes to watching a school remain so relevant for so long in athletics. Morrison has witnessed many of the exceptional teams and athletes that Hillman has produced during his lifetime and is grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be such an instrumental part in making a varsity sports experience at Hillman High School for many, a special one.

“Individually, we have had some phenomenal athletes. We’ve had some incredible teams that have won state championships, regional champions on top of all of the district and league championships we’ve won. It has been such a joy to watch these kids not only compete, but excel,” Morrison said. “To be able to share these memories on a wall in my store means so much to me and I hope it means a lot to everyone else as well.”

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