Reese helps CDS during visit home

Reese helps CDS during visit home
Reese helps CDS during visit home | CDS, Jerry Reese, New York Giants, general manager, senior vice president,

New York Giants general manager and senior vice president Jerry Reese visited CDS over the weekend to present supplies, gas cards and cash. His uncle, Billy Ray Scott has been CDS client for more than 30 years. Pictured are Scott, Reese and Patsy Tibbs.
Community Development Services put out a cry for help and it was heard far to the North in the state of New York. Jerry Reese, general manager and senior vice president of the New York Giants football team, made a surprise visit last week to the workshop in Martin bearing gifts of cash, gas cards and supplies that added up to roughly $3,000 dollars. Reese has a history with Weakley County but an even longer one with CDS. Reese’s uncle, Billy Ray Scott, has been with the program since its inception more than 30 years ago. Scott has cerebral palsy and resides in Union City. “Billy Ray and Jerry had been e-mailing each other,” said production supervisor Ruth Ann Grow. “He knew about the need, but let me say, Billy Ray’s family has always been generous with our program.” CDS recently reported about growing financial concerns within the organization including some funding cuts that have reduced available gas funds and, as a result, limited travel for the clients. Reese presented the agency with four $250 gas cards as well as supplies and an undisclosed amount of cash. “He is a precious man,” executive director Cathy Cates said. The former UT Martin football player and assistant coach made history this year when the New York Giants won Super Bowl XLII with an upset victory over the New England Patriots. Reese, who was in his first year with the Giants as the GM, is the first black general manager in Super Bowl history. After a stellar athletic career at Lake County High School, Reese played at UT Martin from 1981-84 and was a two-time all-conference pick. He still ranks among UTM’s all-time leaders in interceptions; he led the team with seven in 1982. Following his playing career, he was a student assistant and later graduate assistant for the then-Pacers. He advanced to coaching wide receivers and assumed the assistant head coaching title in January 1993. He is also a member of the UT Martin Hall of Fame. Reese joined the Giants scouting department in 1994 and in 1999 became an assistant in the pro personnel department. He was promoted to Director of Player Personnel in May 2002. Reese, who was named GM in January 2007, is only the third Giants general manager in the last 27 years. But when Reese comes home, it’s about family. Grow said, “When he lived here, he would come and take Billy Ray and Patsy Tibbs out to lunch. When he comes home, he always checks in on his uncle.”

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