The next few days are going to be very busy around these parts with the number of funfilled fundraising events that are being held.
First up is the Sixth Annual Field-Warner Track and Field Classic on Saturday at United Local. Held at one of the area's better track facilities, this is an opportunity for tracksters of all ages to participate in events ranging from age 4 on up through senior citizens.
It only costs $3 to register for the first event and $1 for each additional event. The running events include the hurdles, 100, 200, 400, 1600 and 3200 meters. Field events include long jump, high jump, shot put and softball throw. Registration will be held from 7:30-8:30 am., on the morning of the 19th. The 5K run will begin at 8:45 a.m., along with the field events. Running events will start at 9:15 a.m.
For more information, call (330) 223-7102.
July 27 will be a busy day as there are at least three events scheduled that I know of.
The East Liverpool Blue and White Touchdown Club's annual golf scramble is on tap for July 27 at Turkana Golf Course with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. As usual, Touchdown Club president Mike Blaner has corralled an impressive array of prizes, including golf clubs, golf bags, tickets to football games and weekend getaways. Known throughout the community for his passion for Potter football, Blaner does an outstanding job coordinating this event.
I volunteered to work this event last year, figuring I would clean tables and keep the trash picked up. Instead, I was assigned an arduous task. My job was to determine if Pat McNicol, Sr. was cooking the burgers and hot dogs thoroughly. Like Sgt. Schultz on Hogan's Heroes, I made a stomach-filled commitment to this job. I can honestly say that McNicol did an excellent job on manning the grill. Just to make sure though, I think I had better check on him again this year. The reason for this scramble is obviously to raise much-needed funs for the Potter football program.
"I have such heartfelt appreciation for everything that the Touchdown Club does for us," said Potter football coach Pat McNicol, Jr. "With funds being tight like they are, the Touchdown Club has taken on the responsibility of providing equipment and uniforms so that our players are safely equipped when they are out on the field. They also help with meals during two-a-days and provide other necessities for our players. We couldn't exist without them."
The Bruisers vs. Beauties Benefit is also on tap for July 27. This unique event will be held at East Liverpool's Thompson Park. The purpose is to raise funds for the Paige and Amanda DeSarro Scholarship Funds.
The basic premise of the day is to have athletic teams from East Liverpool and Beaver Local compete against each other in sports that are outside of their normal areas of expertise. For instance, the two football squads will square off in a volleyball match. The girls soccer teams will play flag football, and so on down the line.
"The fun aspect of this competition is to get the teams out of their element, where they feel comfortable," said event organizer Taylor Pyle. "By putting them in these situations, they won't have a sense of knowing if they are going to win or not when the event begins."
Participants pay $5 to register and will receive a t-shirt. There is no charge to attend, but donations will be accepted.
"This is a chance for students from both schools to do something for someone else," said Pyle.
For more information, call (330) 853-4096.
If you're not all worn out after these activities, journey on down to Wheeling on the 27th for the OVAC All-Star Football Game at Wheeling Island Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:15. Local athletes participating include Zane Carter (Wellsville), Gary Gamble (Oak Glen) and Ryan Stowers (East Liverpool). Ohio came from behind to win last year's game in a thriller.