By Kevin Eickman
Like most sports at Milford High School, football is a year-round effort which never stops. The biggest annual fundraiser for the Buccaneers is their annual golf outing, held at The Rookery North. This year the event was supposed to correspond with the ending of the school year. This year however, with the academic year in a bit of flux, flexibility has become one of the new norms. “We need to keep an eye on what is really important here. The first thing we want to do is keep our students and their families safe,” Coach Shaun Strickland said. “We also need to keep an eye on the future, because whenever we get back to normal, we are going to need to be ready.”
More than just a get together, the annual charity event features more than just golf. There is high quality NFL memorabilia as well as item offered by generous local merchants, up for auction. Last year one of the holes offered a chance to donate to Woodbridge player Troy Haynes, with the entire football community rallying around him to raise funds to help with his medical bills. Unfortunately, the standout quarterback passed away from cancer last September. This year, the hole will be collecting funds for one of its own. In 2019, Eric Bennett was a key contributor on both sides of the ball for Milford and is now battling kidney disease. “Eric is a born fighter and a very enthusiastic player for us,” Strickland said. “When we heard he was ill, we just thought it was right for us to step up for a member of our football family and contribute.”
The tentative new date for the golf outing is June 26, but that is not set in stone. “We are shooting for June 26, but as we all know this is something, we are learning new about almost every day. We are hoping to get it done, and we will at some point. In the meanwhile, we are still accepting sponsorships and donations,” Strickland said. “Our actual football budget is quite small and we supplement it a great deal via this outing.” Those wishing to contribute can contact The Rookery North for more information about the different ways they can contribute or participate in the event.