Prep sports team are not immune to troubling economic times.
In fact, they might be hit even worse because most haven’t traditionally received sufficient financial support from school districts since athletic budgets are not normally a priority among higher-up administrators.
Thankfully, there are support groups like the Friends And Neighbors (FAN) club to help out by hosting fund-raisers.
Among the projects now on the FAN agenda is a pancake breakfast to benefit the Payson High boys and girls cross country teams.
The two teams need additional money to travel Oct. 17 to the Rio Rancho Invitational in Albuquerque, N.M.
The benefit breakfast will be held 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29 at Chapman Auto Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $25 for a family, and $3 for children.
FAN club members, coaches and athletes promise to provide a tummy-warming breakfast accompanied by some old-fashioned small-town camaraderie.
Most importantly, the funds earned will help the cross country members realize their goal of competing in the invitational, which is one of New Mexico’s premier events.
Tickets for the breakfast are available from any FAN club member, cross country team member or coach.
Also, anyone interested in joining the FAN Club can do so by attending any of the monthly meetings, which are held at 6:30 p.m. every second Wednesday at Pioneer Title.
Fishing for a school
An upcoming two-man bass, crappie and catfish fishing tournament will benefit the Tonto Basin Little Red School House.
The tournament will be held safelight to 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4 at Roosevelt Lake, with weigh-in at the Windy Hill Launch Ramp.
The entry fee is $110, of which $60 will go to the Little Red School House Fund and $50 to payouts to winning fishermen.
Payouts will be awarded to first through fifth places for a five-fish limit (one slot fish per angler) and a $25 big fish option.
The limit for crappie is 10, and the limit is three for catfish.
Although the tournament will be the highlight of the day, a barbecue lunch, raffle and awards ceremony will be held at the Butcher Hook after the weigh-in. Two lunches and two raffle tickets are included in the tournament entry fee.
Additional raffle tickets will be available at the barbecue for $1 each or six for $5.
Additional barbecue tickets are $5 per person.
The Butcher Hook will liven up with music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Organizers are inviting everyone, even those who don’t fish, to turn out to support the Little Red School House.
For more information or to sign up for the tournament, stop by The Tackle Box in Tonto Basin or call (928) 479-2493.
Golf for a child’s sake
The Public Safety Officers Christmas for Kids golf tournament presents a unique opportunity to enjoy a round on the links while helping needy children during the holidays. The tournament festivities begin at 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 28 with a steak dinner and silent auction of public safety officers at Payson Golf Course.
Each team of three that enters the benefit will have the opportunity to buy their fourth team member from a group of individuals representing DPS, Gila County Attorney’s Office, Payson Fire, Northern Gila County Firefighters Association and the Gila County Sheriff’s Office.
Also at the auction, mulligans can be purchased.
At 8 a.m. the following day, a shotgun start gets the tournament off and running.
The tournament entry fee is $375 per team and the minimum bid for a public safety team member is $150.
The cost includes green fees, golf cart, steak dinner and prizes.
Traditionally about $18,000 has been earned through the golf tournament and other benefits. All the money is used in the Christmas for Kids program.
Last year, 480 children were given the chance to purchase $35 in gifts from Walmart. The children are urged to buy some toys and use the remaining money for much-needed clothes.
Entry forms for the tournament are available at the offices of the Payson Roundup, located at 708 N. Beeline Highway in the Swiss Village Shops.