FROM THE SIDELINES: Meet the Wildcats this Friday
by Mason Shelton, Trigg County Student-Athlete
Jul 30, 2014 | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A coach once said, “Teams and coaches do not win championships. Communities do.” Players and coaches may work extremely hard, but without the financial support of the community, many things programs want to accomplish cannot be made possible.

This Friday, the Trigg County High School football team will host its annual “Meet the Wildcats” dinner at 6 p.m. in the Trigg County Cafeteria. This event is a chance for you to eat a good meal, get your first look at the 2014 Trigg County High School football team, buy merchandise and bid on some great items in our annual fundraising auction.

This year, many great prizes will be auctioned off, including some University of Kentucky and Tennessee Titans tickets, a one-of-a-kind TCHS quilt and several other items. Not only is this is a great way for the community to help out the team, but it is also a way the team can show its appreciation to the fans.

The community’s participation in fundraisers like the auction is important to fund many of the great things that the program has to offer to the players and to you, the fans. So what do your donations actually pay for?

On a typical Friday night, the field looks immaculate. The football program goes through hundreds of cans of spray paint each season in order to have a field that is pleasing to the fans.

Football equipment is expensive! This year, new helmets had to be purchased, since 27 helmets did not meet the reconditioning requirements after last year. Plus, new facemasks, footballs, shoulder pads, pants, practice gear and more must be purchased after every season to replace the damaged equipment.

The team also receives new clothing items, including sweat suits for all players and managers. Players also receive their own dry-fit T-shirt and shorts to wear on Thursday’s walkthrough practices and Friday night’s pregame warm-up. As for the coaches and trainers, they receive home and away outfits, as well.

Money from fundraising also pays for things like TCHS football letter jackets, lockboxes for every player’s locker, washing machines, giveaways for youth camps and football equipment for the Little League program.

Trigg County football receives the majority of its funding from three main sources. The first is through the 10-for-10 program. This fundraiser encourages players to find 10 people to donate $10.

The second fundraiser is called Locker Room Legends. For different donation amounts, TCHS football alumni and former coaches can have a plaque displayed in the locker room showing their name, number, year, position and accomplishments.

Other fundraising opportunities include a summer car wash, cash donations and an auction at the “Meet the Wildcats” dinner. As a player, seeing a packed crowd for an event like this dinner is motivation to give the community a team worth supporting.

Community involvement with the team is paramount to our success. Coach Coby Lewis summed it up best when he said, “It’s not my team or your team. It’s Trigg County’s team. It’s the community’s team.”

The cost for the event is $7. To RSVP, call Mallory Lawrence at 270-522-1628 or Clara Beth Hyde at 270-522-0018. If you have items you’d like to donate or any further questions, email Coby Lewis at coby.lewis@trigg.kyschools.us.

Comments on Mason Shelton’s “From The Sidelines” column may be sent to jmcgill@cadizrecord.com.
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