Alpena Football Team Donates Time and $ 500 Check to the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena | News, Sports, Jobs


News photo by Jonny Zawacki Members of the Alpena High School varsity football team and coach Eric Mitchell present a check for $ 500 to Alpena Boys and Girls Club General Manager Brad Somers at the name of the Wildcat football program.

ALPENA – The Alpena High football team played their last game of the 2021 season last Friday, but the Wildcats continue to play off the field.

Alpena college football coach Eric Mitchell and members of his team spent time at the Boys and Girls Club in Alpena on Wednesday, chatted with club members and presented the executive director with a check for $ 500 of the Boys and Girls Club of Alpena, Brad Somers, as part of a partnership with Doug Field of Vulcan Systems as part of the annual Vulcan Systems game player sponsored by Field on each broadcast of the Alpena Wildcat football matches on 107.7 The Bay during the live broadcast of the True North Radio network.

“Like any other nonprofit, we operate on donations and it means a lot to us to say that a high school football team has donated funds to our organization. We celebrate each person who takes time out of their day, writes a check or makes a donation to our organization to help us continue our success and keep doing what we do, ”said Somers. “It’s really special when young people make donations that have a positive impact and affect other young adults. It’s very special and we, as an entire organization, are so grateful to continue to see teams, coaches and players having such a positive impact not only for our organization, but for the community and especially the children here. too.

In April, members of the Alpena High hockey team spent time with club members and presented Somers with a check for $ 500.

On Wednesday, the tradition continued as Mitchell and his players spent time throwing soccer balls, shooting hoops, interacting and donating their free time to inspire club members, all while donating another donation.

“It’s incredibly special for us to see children who were here enjoying our services at a young age now giving back and understanding how a community works. Being able to see kids learn leadership skills and bring the loop back to our organization to give and see the importance of inspiring kids is so special, ”Somers said. “We were fortunate to have athletes who came to spend time with our kids and it was an eye opener for the kids here at the club to see a high school athlete come here to volunteer their time, provide a service or just having fun with them is amazing because it shows why it is so important to play sports, to do well in school and to have a goal. We have a lot of athletes who come here with different backgrounds, but at the end of the day they’re all leaders and it’s important and inspiring for everyone to see them come here and do that.

Wednesday’s visit by members of Alpena’s football program was special as a few of the football team members spent time at the club in their youth and Somers remembers the athletes as children coming to the club.

These once young members are now senior athletes and role models, trying to inspire young children to pursue the same dreams and make the same difference these Wildcats are now.

“We have a few kids who literally grew up here. It’s good to give back to athletics, but it’s good to give back to future athletes. We see this as a great opportunity for our kids to spend time and make a difference, ”Mitchell said. “It gives you chills to see some of our athletes end their careers where they started right here at the Boys and Girls Club. For us, we’re always looking for ways to help and give back and this is a great way to do it. Many thanks to Doug (Field) for all his support and we appreciate the opportunity to partner with him and give back. It’s important to our football program and important to future Wildcats here at the Boys and Girls Club and we are happy to be making a positive impact.

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