The Oakton High football program is looking to buy new helmets for the team, and they've organized a golf tournament to reach their goal.
The tournament, scheduled for June 19 at Penderbrook Golf Club, aims to raise $30,000 to buy Schutt Air XP helmets — a helmet used by numerous players in the NFL and several college teams — in time for the start of the 2011 football season. Currently, the team uses a traditional foam-type helmet.
"Our current helmets meet all required mandates, but will become obsolete in the very near [future] due to new reconditioning laws," said Joan Reimann, of the Oakton Football Parent Council.
With Thermoplastic Urethane (TPU) Cushioning, the Schutt is touted for having better impact absorption, heat management, hygenics and durability.
To learn more about the helmets, click on the embedded video to the right.
The proceeds from the tournament, which has a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. June 19, will go toward buying the helmets for Oakton's freshman, junior varsity and varsity teams.
A barbeque lunch, silent auction and raffle follow the tournament. Kip Killmon’s Tysons Ford has donated a car for the hole-in-one contest, and prizes will be awarded for closest to the pin and longest drive.
The golf package is $125 and includes greens fees, cart, buffet lunch, two beverage tickets, entry to all contests and a return golfing voucher for Monday through Thursday to play at Penderbrook. The registration deadline is midnight June 15. Interested golfers can click here or contact Sally Goins at 703-969-6497.
For those interested in helping the cause but unable to join in on the golfing, click here for ways to donate.
The golf tournament is a first for Oakton's football program, and Coach Joe Thompson hopes it will provide a good way to reach out to the community.
“The football staff thought it would be great to have a golf tournament that would bring together past, present and future Oakton players, families and Cougar football supporters," he said. "We were lucky enough to reserve Penderbrook Golf Course on a Sunday, so our players can join us for the event. We would love to see former players and families that have been so integral to the success of our teams throughout the years participate in the tournament.”
Organizers are still looking for sponsors, which start at $150. To find out more about sponsorship opportunities, contact Reimann at 703-242-7955.