Golf tournament to benefit AHS football
The Aspen Times
The Aspen High School football program is going to the golf course.
For a heady cause.
The third annual Aspen Skier Gridiron Classic benefit golf tournament will be held Saturday, June 7, at the Aspen Golf Course
The objective of the annual tournament is to raise money to provide the AHS football players with the latest in protective helmets. The funds also will got to supplement travel expenses for the Skiers
The benefit golf tournament this year will be directed by first-year head coach Ryan Triece, an AHS business teacher and former assistant football coach. Triece is from a football coaching family in Michigan.
The tournament will be a four-person scramble with a 9 a.m. shotgun start.
Entry includes cars, range balls, player gift bag and on-course beverage service.
In addition, lunch is provided in the clubhouse after the tournament.
Awards will be given to the top teams.
There will be prizes for closest to pin, longest drive and longest putt.
Entry fee is $175 per player or $600 per team.
“Come join a great outing as a family, a group of friends or even a business day with customers,” Triece said. “More importantly help promote the safety of our boys.”
Triece said the focus on safety in dealing with concussions is at the forefront of youth and high school football.
“As you know, the awareness nd advancement in concussion diagnosis has progressed rapidly,” Triece said. “We, as a school, coaching staff and community, have made an effort to not back away from this but to take it on full force.”
Triece said the Skiers will continue to use the Guardian Cap, a protective shell on the outside of the helmet.
“It has significantly reduced our concussion cases,” the Aspen head coach said.
He said the AHS program has upgraded the helmets themselves as well.
Triece said the benefit golf tournament is a great opportunity to help out the local football program. There will be a silent auction after the tournament with a variety of items.
The Aspen High School football program also is gearing up for spring camp May 27-30 and June 2-5 with a scrimmage set for June 6.
In addition, the Buckle Up Youth Football Camp will be held Thursday and Friday, June 12-13, sponsored by the AHS football program.
The camp is for incoming third- through eight-graders.
As a team, Aspen finished third overall in its lone home tournament of the fall. The Skiers shot a collective 239, finishing 12 back of fellow 3A powerhouse Colorado Academy (227). Steamboat Springs, out of 4A, shot 225 to take the win.
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