ARCANUM — Beechwood Golf Course was the site of the 16th Annual Eaton Football Golf Outing on Saturday, June 6, where money was raised for the Eaton high school football program and Jacob’s Ladder.
After a summer mostly spent indoors and under quarantine, Eaton head football coach Brad Davis said it was good to get back to some normalcy.
“Not only is this our largest fundraiser that we’ll do this year but it’s early enough in the summer and again, it’s the 16th year, so we have pretty much the same crew that comes out each year and supports us, and I think guys are looking forward to a little bit of normalcy and kind of feeling like it’s kind of a normal summer by getting kicked off at the outing,” Davis said.
Over 100 golfers on 28 different teams came out on the sunny Saturday afternoon to hit the links and participate in events such as a longest drive and closest to the pin competition, with proceeds supporting Eaton’s football program and Jacob’s Ladder.
A change for this year’s outing was related to where the proceeds are going. While half of the proceeds will still be going towards Eaton’s high school football program, the other half of the proceeds will be donated to Jacob’s Ladder, a community-based organization that helps feed children and families within the Eaton Community School District.
Jennifer Couch, one of the founders of Jacob’s Ladder, said it was an honor to be supported by the Eaton football team through their donation and support of students and staff at Eaton Community Schools.
“They have continued to help support through different fundraisers, different groups and organizaitons, and it is truly a blessing for us and they are helping to feed kids across the county,” Couch said. “The football team has done all kinds of things for us in the past from moving refrigerators, freezers, actually helping us move from one facility to another, and so financially helping us and being able to help us purchase the food we need to feed kids is truly amazing.”
Davis said that with everything going on and the challenges facing the community, the school had reached out to try and help children in the community, and Jacob’s Ladder was a perfect avenue to accomplish that.
“We reworked how we would typically do this outing and just decided that was the right thing to do and felt confident that we would have the means to do that, kind of make a difference with them because I know they do an outstanding job with the kids in our community,” Davis said.
With questions surrounding how this upcoming football season may look, Davis said it is great to have the support from the community.
“Support from the community is always awesome in Eaton,” Davis said. “Doesn’t matter if you’re winning or losing, you’re going to get continued community support and involvement with everything you do.”
Much like the end of school signifying that summer is near, Eaton’s annual golf outing means that football is coming soon, and with Ohio beginning to lift restrictions for training in contact sports, Eaton’s players have been able to return to the field, albeit in a limited fashion.
“We just finished our first week. Looks a little different, but at least we were able to see some of them, get them out running and moving around a little bit,” Davis said. “It’s just kind of week-to-week, just kind of wait and see, and hope things get back to as close to normal as possible here in the future.”
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