Bradley Central, Meigs, McMinn County and Polk County high schools will be joining WVHS in the all-girls flag football event.
The event will be held Oct. 18 at 5:45 p.m., at Walker Valley High School, with the first game starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults in advance or $7 at the event and can be purchased at any participating school or at the Bradley Central vs. Walker Valley football game. Children 3 and up are $3, children under the age of 3 are free.
“This year we’re something a little different. We’re doing something called the Pink Ribbon Bowl Challenge, where the schools are actually competing for a trophy to see who can raise the most money outside the event,” said Scott Webb, Pink Ribbon Bowl coordinator and WVHS media teacher. “We did get a $1,000 donation from Meigs County (High School) last year, which kind of inspired the challenge this year.”
Walker Valley is making plans to have a pink-themed week before the event to raise funds. The school will be selling car decals of the school’s WV symbol overlaid with the pink breast cancer ribbon overlaid on top of. A walk-a-thon and pep rally have also been discussed as possible ideas during this week.
“We’re just trying to raise as much money as we possibly can for a good cause,” Webb said.
Webb said organizers hope to raise $15,000 with the challenge and the event.
“Last year, we raised about $11,200,” Webb said. “That is good for a one-night event.”
Last year, money was only raised from ticket sales, program ads and selling food at the event.
With expansion of fundraising efforts, the school is also opening up display space to local organizations. Webb said local institutions of higher education, local businesses and health-related organizations were already planning to be present.
“We wanted to give the opportunity to make it more than just showing up and doing a flag football game,” Webb said. “We wanted to include as many as people who wanted to be involved as possible.”
This year the foundation will be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a qualifying student at each of the participating high schools.
“If the school doesn’t have someone who qualifies, the money just goes to the foundation,” Webb said.
Between the first two games a special speaker, probably a cancer survivor, will address the crowd. Webb said the foundation is handling picking a speaker for the event.
The event was originally inspired by former English teacher Gwen Lane’s battle with cancer. She was a speaker at the event last year. There will also be a survivor walk around the football field. The WVHS marching band will perform in between the second and third games.
The size of a team varies from school to school.
“We’ll have 40 to 50 girls on the team,” Webb said.
He said the smaller schools will usually have 25 to 30 or more girls. Webb said he was still looking for a sixth school to participate.