Since its inception over five years ago, the Cyclone Touchdown Club has been a big aid to the football programs at Elizabethton High School and T.A. Dugger. Its next event will help continue its mission.
One of the four annual fundraisers to support the teams, the 5th Annual Golf Tournament for Cyclone Football will take place at Elizabethton Golf Course on Saturday, April 14.
The Cyclone Touchdown Club can take up to 36 teams with four golfers each as well as hole, tee and cart sponsors for the upcoming event.
“We can take up to 36 groups and it will shut down the course for us,” said the TD Club’s Rick Walters. “That’s what our goal is. We’ve got plenty of room left. We could still use some sponsors for carts, if they want to sponsor a player we can put his number on a cart for $25.”
At a cost of $200 for a team of four, the tournament includes a free meal at noon the day of the event with a 1 o’clock shotgun start. Each team receives one mulligan, one throw and skirts with awards provided for the longest drive, closest-to-pin and the winning team.
Interested parties may also sponsor a hole or tee for $100, both a hole and tee for $150.
The club will also accept donations for the pre-tournament lunch for those who do not wish to play golf.
A year ago, funds raised from the golf tournament, a pancake breakfast, car show and alumni football game helped purchase a 21- foot trailer and athletic bags for the players to store equipment on road trips.
This year, the club plans to purchase a water cart with eight hoses to be used on the sidelines at games as well as pre-game meals for the T.A. Dugger junior high squad and Elizabethton High School varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams. Last season, Walters said, the club provided over 3,500 hundred meals with support from area eateries and churches.
“The biggest thing the coaches were always worried about are meals,” Walters said.
“Kids don’t have enough time to go home and get something to eat, so they need something in between. A lot of the community is real supportive of us.”
Walters said the club also works to provide the teams with items the school cannot cover as well as helping paint the field prior to games.
“Our goal is to get the things the school can’t afford,” he said. “We bought a black tarp for the sidelines, tackling dummies and pads for the sled. We bought the orange tarp several years ago and moved it to the visitors side. We paint the field. Every Friday morning we go out and do that before the games. The coaches do the lines and numbers and we do the fun stuff, the Cyclone in the end zone and the Tuffy. The coaches tell us what they want and we do it.”
Walters said the club is actively growing and is always accepting new members from the community as they work with the school and Elizabethton City School System on a long-term goal of a new stadium project.
“A lot of people are involved and they stay involved even after their kids are gone,” Walters said. “It’s amazing the support we’re getting. We’re working real hard trying to get a new stadium and plan on helping raise funds for that and try to build a fieldhouse and sell bricks for a walkway. Those are some of the things we have planned, once that gets approved and up and running.”
For more information or to register for the golf tournament contact Wayne Kelley at (423) 571-1880 or Tony Briggs at (276) 608-5553. You may also contact the Cyclone Football Club through their Facebook page.