CONSTANTINE, Mich. — The family at Constantine High School saluted one of its favorite people Saturday morning.
Led by a busload of football players, the community, parents and alumni conducted a drive-by pep assembly for Doc Zimont, who has provided support for the school’s student-athletes for more than 60 years.
“Yes, 60 years,” said Constantine Public Schools superintendent Jim Wiseley. “For 60 years Doc Zimont paced our sidelines, sat in our bleachers, worked on our diamonds and supported our students. Doc also gave 60 years' worth of free physicals to our student-athletes. He is the center of our Falcon Nation. Doc Zimont is still a resident of the City of Constantine and can still be seen at events.
“In the last week, we have learned that his health is failing fast,” said Wiseley. “We are not sure how long he will be with us.”
Constantine’s varsity football team played in the regional championship game at Gull Lake later Saturday. Wiseley said it was “a game Doc would normally attend, but with failing health he is forced to stay at home.”
Wiseley said that’s why “the Falcon Nation will travel to him and show the respect and school pride he has given our district over the years.”
The vehicles met at Eastside Elementary School and passed by Zimont’s house with signs and honking horns.