MARTINSBURG — Gatorade is supplying “juice” to the Martinsburg Boys and Girls Club, courtesy of Hudson Clement.
Clement, the Gatorade Football Player of the Year for West Virginia from Martinsburg, chose the club on John Street to receive the $1,000 donation that comes with winning the award.
He is thrilled to give back to help a program that some of his friends enjoyed growing up in.
Clement, who never attended the Boys and Girls Club, didn’t realize there was a monetary supplement to his Gatorade award.
“I was surprised,” Clement said. “It meant a lot.
“I’m happy to be able to use my good football season to help the community.”
The funds will go to Martinsburg’s athletic program, said Stacey Rohn, executive director of Boys and Girls Clubs of the Eastern Panhandle.
“It’s a good program for kids who have nowhere to go after school,” Clement said.
He spent his afternoons after school in the fall practicing football; in the spring it will be baseball practice.
Clement had a great football season for the Bulldogs, who won their fifth Class AAA state championship in six seasons.
He caught 87 passes for 1,702 yards, which erased Parade All-American Brandon Barrett’s previous school record of 1,491 yards. Clement had 23 passes for touchdowns and finished with 30 touchdowns in all.
Eight of his touchdowns came in Martinsburg’s 62-21 win over Huntington in the state championship game. He caught four touchdown passes and ran for four touchdowns.
Like Barrett, Clement is on his way to playing football in West Virginia after the 6-foot-2 wide receiver signed his letter of intent last week.
“I’m happy to help, that something good has come out of football for the community,” Clement reiterated of Gatorade’s payment to the Boys and Girls Club.