MORRIS – The Morris Redskin Football Quarterback Club hosted its seventh annual Kickoff at the Morris Moose Lodge on Saturday. The Kickoff dinner featured a raffle, draw down, live auction, silent auction, beanbag toss and apparel sales. The picnic is the Quarterback Club’s best opportunity to raise funds for the team.
Dozens of volunteers and businesses support the Quarterback Club all year. The Morris Warriors Youth Football presented a check for $500 to the Quarterback Club. Many of the Warriors go on the play for the Redskins. Shawn Hornsby auctioned off everything from donated signs and Bulls tickets to autographed photos and footballs.
Quarterback Club president Ed Hansen explained why he volunteers.
“For me I guess it was never a question of, ‘Would I volunteer?’ ” he said. “If I were given the opportunity to bring something positive to a great organization like the Morris Redskin football team, I would not hesitate. It has helped to be surrounded by like-minded people who share that same feeling of pride and will do what they can to continue that tradition.”
Last year the Quarterback Club provided weights, stencils for field painting and other equipment costing just over $7,000, in addition to awards to Mason Dryfhout and Dalton Ness. The club also organizes pizza parties, spaghetti dinners, sideline chain gangs and provides Coach buses for away games. The Quarterback Club hopes to raise just as much this year.
Morris head coach Alan Thorson appreciates the support.
“I talk to a lot of other coaches but other schools do not always have a booster group that is as involved. It makes my job a lot easier. They really give back to this program.”
Redskins senior quarterback Griffin Sobol, one of the team’s four captains, also appreciates the backing of the community.
“The football kickoff is a great event for the Morris football team,” he said. “This year was very well run by a great group of parents, and we are all very thankful for their commitment to our team.”
This year’s theme is Old Tradition, New Attitude, and will be featured on a new T-shirt for the opening game at Minooka. Another new T-shirt design in Vegas Gold will be available at home games.
As to this year, Coach Thorson said, “This has been one of the best offseasons I can remember. Last year was humbling and we have learned from it. Now is the time to see the results on the field.”
Sobol summed it up in his own way.
“I think that our team’s potential is unlimited,” he said. “We need to keep this intensity and attitude for the next 14 weeks and very good things will happen.”
The Morris Redskins will open the season at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Minooka.