When many athletes hang up their spikes, they can still find an outlet to get a little taste of their longtime passion, whether it’s a pick-up basketball game or a slow-pitch softball league, but the opportunities for former football players to reconnect with the sport are mostly limited to coaching.
Daryle and Renaldo Mitchell aimed to change that when they took over the Hilton Head Sharks semi-pro football team, which will open its season by hosting the South Carolina Gators out of Hartsville in the inaugural Lowcountry Championship Bowl on Saturday at Hilton Head High’s Community Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with kickoff at 6:30 and food trucks will be on site. Tickets are $10 for adults with limited sideline passes available at the gate for $35. Children 12 and under are admitted free.
The Sharks’ roster is made up of players ranging in age from recent high school players to men in their 50s who can’t quite walk away from the game. Offensive coordinator Kevin Brown and the Mitchell brothers joined us on the LowcoSports Lowdown to introduce us to the 2023 Sharks and preview the game and the upcoming season.