Car Wash, Bake Sale To Help Send Boys To Camp

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Spend some time Saturday by helping others. You can do this by having your car washed, enjoying a mouth-watering green chili burrito, then gobbling down some delicious home-cooked baked goods.

All those can be accomplished at a benefit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Bud's Plumbing, 606 W. Main Street.

The proceeds from the wash and sale will be used to help send 14 local athletes to the University of Nebraska Big Red football camp in a few months.

Payson High School teacher and coach Bob Hoyt, who is spearheading the move to send the teens to the camp, says it's imperative that tomorrow's benefit earns at least enough money to pay for the players' airline tickets from Phoenix to Lincoln, Neb.

"We need to buy (the tickets) quickly to get the best prices," he said.

If the benefit doesn't earn enough to also cover the camp tuition of $210 per participant, Hoyt and fellow organizer Duke Wilbanks will host another fund-raiser later this spring.

During tomorrow's benefit, cars will be washed for any donation.

"Whatever they'd like to give," Hoyt said.

At a similar event held last spring to send five local teens to the Nebraska football camp, the players received $1,000 during the course of the day.

That amount was later matched by Payson's Wal-Mart.

Again this year, the store will be matching funds earned at the benefit up to $1,000.

Hoyt and Wilbanks joined in on the fund-raising effort because they'd like to see the fledgling players earn their own camp money rather than simply taking a handout from their parents.

Earning the money, Hoyt said, might make the experience in Nebraska even more meaningful.

Of course, it doesn't hurt the camp effort that Hoyt might be the biggest University of Nebraska football fan this side of the Missouri river.

A typical day at the Big Red school will include classroom sessions with Nebraska head coach Frank Solich, weight-training sessions, films, seminars, on-the-field practices and evening passing league competitions.

Solich will be assisted by Green Bay Packers' quarterback Scott Frost, Detroit Lions' star Cory Schlesinger and former Husker quarterback Turner Gill.

While at the school, campers will be housed in Harper Hall, one of seven major dormitories on campus and only a short walk from Memorial Stadium and Tom Osborne Field.

For the teens who participated in last summer's camp, one of the thrills was practicing in the 73,000-seat stadium that only months before was outfitted with a new artificial surface.

Another highlight for the kids was training in Nebraska's nationally recognized 13,000-square-foot weight room.

Slated to participate in the camp are Tyler Danielson, Sammy Perez, Billy Bob Hoyt, Donnie Wilbanks, Tyler Danielson, Alex Vlahopoulos, Nate Perna, Chad McRae, Mike Waterman, Nick DeGroot, Waylon Pettet, James Gibson, Michael Arnstein, Greg Barnes and Andy Hansen.

For more information on the benefit or the camp, call Hoyt at 472-6834.

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