The Carroll County Cavaliers Touchdown Club has big plans for the 2013 season it hopes will turn home football games into can’t-miss events.
This season, the Touchdown Club will be offering tailgate season parking for $25 in the Driver’s Ed Parking Lot for every home football game. Members of the touchdown club will also be manning the lower gate, meaning folks who park in the tailgate area will be able to get into the game without having to climb the steps to enter the game at the press box side, something that has never been offered before at CCHS. The tailgate parking lots will open at 5 p.m. each Friday night during home varsity football games.
Proceeds go to the Carroll County High School football program. Contact Gary Adams at (276) 733-9633 or Chris Goad at (276) 728-2231 for more details or to get your tailgate season parking pass.
“My main goal to try to make it more of an event to come to Carroll County football and get the spirit rolling,” said Adams, an officer in the Carroll County Cavaliers Touchdown Club. “Once the kids see that spirit and get it going, it will help them. They are good athletes, but once they get it in their heads the community is behind them it will help them. We are trying to make it affordable to the community for folks that work and get there late - they can come in and not have to worry about where they are going to park and stuff like that.”
The Touchdown Club is growing quickly, going from three members to 75 after a parents’ meeting at the start of the season. Adams said he met with CCHS Principal Chuck Thompson about the idea for a tailgating lot. The best solution was the Driver’s Ed parking lot, and Adams hopes the idea will catch on fast.
“It will be a nice thing. Hopefully people will be out there eating chicken and hot dogs and doing everything but drinking. If people want to put up tents and lawn chairs and throw cornhole, it will make it more fun to come and I think it will make it to where more people will come,” Adams said.
The tailgate parking passes can be purchased at Chris Goad’s State Farm office on Main Street in Hillsville and they will also be sold during Carroll County’s first home game Sept. 6 against Mount Airy.
“I hope that we will have enough parking spots because I think it’s going to be a big thing. It’s going to be nice for those people that want to maybe get here early and sit out and maybe eat some chicken or tailgate. Or if they want to get here at 7:20 and want to be able to walk straight into the game, they won’t have to worry about getting a parking spot,” Carroll County head football coach Tom Hale said. “I think it is a great idea and I am tickled that we are going to be able to implement it. There is just something about that atmosphere that it builds a little bit of confidence in kids to see people getting here early to support them. I really think it will be a good idea.”
Also new for this year, the Touchdown Club will be selling advertising banners to hang on the fence on the football field. Cost is $100 for a 3x5 banner that will hang all year, or if you have your own banner the space will rent for $75. Banners can be made to look like your business card. All proceeds go to the football program for the players.
“We set the price so low because it is the first year, but it’s also more important to make it affordable for the business community in this economy,” Adams said.
The Touchdown Club is a non-profit organization, Adams said, and has many ideas going forward. Some people are looking into having jerseys made, he said, while former players and alumni will escort people onto the field at games this season.
“We are doing anything we can do to make it more of an event, more fun for people to come.” Adams said.
The Touchdown Club also fulfills the vision of one of Carroll County football’s greatest supporters, former Cavaliers’ player and coach Brad Bowman, who passed away in September of 2011.
“I am pleased to be a part of the Touchdown Club. The vision for the club started years ago with my good friend, Coach Brad Bowman,” said Jonathan L. McGrady, a Touchdown Club trustee. “The idea is to have local businesses sponsor outstanding players of the week and show the team how much the community supports their efforts. We are all one big team in Carroll County and it is great to see the businesses, football boosters, and coaches working together to help our players.”
The Carroll County Cavaliers Touchdown Club can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and it also has a new Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cchscavaliersfootball