By Kevin Eickman
While it takes hard work and dedication to play football, one other element of the equation is funding. The athletic budget covers a large portion of funding for football but it does not cover everything. Fundraising is a key element for all sports and the marquee event for football is the annual Milford Golf Classic. The event is scheduled for a shotgun start on this Friday, June 6th at The Rookery North.
“This is a huge event for us, we look forward to it every year. It’s a great time for everyone involved and it is for a really good cause,” Coach Shaun Strickland stated. “There are always items that the team needs that aren’t covered in the budget, events like this pay a big factor in supplying items that are very beneficial to the team.”
The cost for a foursome is $500 and individuals can also join a group. Coordinating the event for The Rookery North will be Kyle Deas, who can be reached at 302-422-7010. The event will feature a light breakfast to start and conclude with a lunch following the event. “While it’s a competition it is a fun time as well. Everyone has a good time and walks away knowing that they have done something good to help the football program,” he said.
In addition to golfing, there will be a Chinese raffle featuring autographed NFL memorabilia, including footballs, pictures and even a jersey autographed by Micheal Irvin. There will also be two tickets to a Phillies-Nationals games on fireworks night. “The generosity of the local sports teams are very important. To being able to offer quality prizes like we can really aids our cause,” Strickland said.
There will also be a silent auction with the prize being two tickets to the Eagles-Redskins game in Washington. The prize includes a ride to and from the game on a party bus with a catered tailgate featuring food and beverages. “That’s a real nice prize it’s, Eagles-Redskins is always a good game and with food a transportation included it makes the event that much better,” commented Strickland. There will also be door prizes.
Awards for closest to the pin, longest drive as well as the top finishers will be handed out. In addition there will be a special hole sponsored by I.G. Burton for the Troy Haynes Fund #fightlike4. “Troy has a long road ahead of him and as part of the local football community we continue to ease his burden as best we can,” Strickland stated.
The event has grown over its three-year history and Strickland believes it is because of the good time everyone has. “We get a real nice group out there and we have a lot of funny while raising money for the football program,” Strickland said. “If you don’t have a good time at the event you’re just not trying. People look forward to it every year and we expect it to be another one for the books this year as well.”
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