Outfitting a football team isn’t cheap.
This is why the Collingwood Fighting Owls Football Alumni continues to fundraise. The organization is comprised of former players, coaches and teachers, and has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 12 years.
On June 11, they will be holding their 12th annual golf tournament at Duntroon Highlands Golf Club.
Alumni president Wayne Hunwicks said the money helps with the ongoing purchase of equipment and keeping registration fees low.
“We’ve kept the price the lowest in the county,” he said. “If kids can’t pay, we pay.”
Hunwicks said they currently have 113 helmets at a cost of $212 each, 100 pairs of black pants at $50 each, 120 pairs of practice pants at $20 each, 100 black jerseys at $80 each, and 100 white jerseys at $30 each.
The alumni association has also purchased a new scoreboard for $30,000, new bleachers for $18,000, and upgrades to the fitness room at a cost of $3,000.
Hunwicks said the organization continues to get support of former players and the community at large.
“The town is unbelievable,” he said.
Hunwicks believes sports, music and arts programs are a necessity, and are part of the high school experience.
“That keeps kids doing something other than school and that’s a good thing, for some of these guys,” he said.
The tournament starts at 1 p.m., and is $110. For more information visit www.fightingowlsfootball.com