Powder puffs to tear up the field next Saturday for charity

BEEKMANTOWN The long-standing tradition of powder puff football games seen in other parts of the country is one thats coming to the field at Beekmantown Central School. The schools chapter of Students Against Destructive Decisions will host a tournament in which the girls will take to the football field next Saturday, Nov. 8, to raise money for charitable causes. SADD club president and event organizer Chelsey Chatland said the game has been a topic of discussion since her freshman year while she served on the schools student council. Chatland, now a senior, recently revisited the idea with her fellow SADD members, receiving great interest. Weve always been talking about how cool it would be for a girls football game to go on, so I brought out the idea when we were looking for a fundraiser to do, said Chatland. We introduced it to our principal [Garth] Frechette and our athletic director [Ed Cook], and they approved it. Since the event was given the go-ahead, Chatland said the school has rallied behind the effort. The teachers, the faculty and the students are really pumped for this game, said Chatland. The two-hand touch tournament will pit the freshman and sophomore classes against one another and the juniors versus seniors, said Chatland. As many as two teams from each class, consisting of five to 11 players each, will compete in the ranked scoring event, with the winners of each division taking each other on in a final game that day. In all, Chatland expects approximately 50-60 students to participate in the tournament. There should be a really good turnout at the game, she said. While the tournament will be held with a focus on having a good time, Chatland said the main objective will be to raise money for local charities. The proceeds from admission to the event will be divided among local charities chosen by the teams and the other half will go to the SADD club for activities it hosts throughout the school year. In the past, the club sponsored a speaker to address students during prom season regarding the perils of drinking and driving and drug use. The club has also sponsored a motor vehicle accident reenactment to show what would happen in the event that a student mixes drug and alcohol with their prom plans. We do a lot of different things, said Chatland. Its a lot to support trying to help students make right decisions throughout their high school careers stuff that doesnt involve alcohol, drugs or stuff like that substance-free. As for next Saturdays tournament, Chatland said its just another example of how the club and her fellow students come together to support worthwhile causes and school spirit. Its a fun experience and its something new, but its been a lot of hard work, said Chatland. It takes a lot of commitment from the SADD members and theyve really been great sports about this. Theyve been working hard, showing up to every meeting, putting forth all they can. Its really coming together. SADD club advisor Cynthia Allen said she is proud of the students for their commitment to the event and their decision to help charitable causes. The help and support of the faculty and staff, including superintendent Scott Amo, is going to make this event a success, Allen said. We are already making plans to expand the event to area schools and incorporate powder puff into homecoming activities next year. The tournament, which will begin at 10 a.m, will be held on the field behind the school off Haynes Road. The cost of admission is $4 or $3 for students with a BCS Gold Card. Those who bring a nonperishable food item for the local food shelf will receive $1 off admission. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own seats to the event as there will be no seating available, said Chatland. SADD club members have donated gift certificates and other items to put in a gift basket that will be offered as a door prize at the tournament. Local businesses have also donated items that will be raffled off during the event.

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