WINTERSVILLE - Powder puff football is more than just a fundraising event for Indian Creek High School, it is simply a good time, according to senior coach Dan Aleksiejczyk.
"I do it for the competition. It's a really fun time to be out there coaching the girls and seeing what we can accomplish. In addition to that, it's a real big help to the United Way with the donations we raise," said Aleksiejczyk.
The powder puff football event, set for 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school stadium, is sponsored by the Indian Creek High School Key Club, and all proceeds will go to the United Way of Jefferson County.
CHARITY FOOTBALL — The Indian Creek High School Key Club will host its annual powder puff football event at 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school stadium. Four teams of girls will compete with the guys as their coaches and cheerleaders. Money raised from ticket sales will be donated to the United Way of Jefferson County. Some of those taking part include, from left, Shane Winland, Dan Aleksiejczyk, club adviser Julie Robinson, Misty Brake and Alex Young. - Jeremy Kins
Sign-up sheets were hung in the cafeteria until Nov. 4, and guys and girls could sign up for the event. Girls serve as the players, with senior and junior boys acting as the coaches and cheerleaders during the games. A draft was held on Nov. 7 to determine who would be on each team.
"It was quite the riot. It was a great time having the draft. Boys were trying to get their girlfriend or sister on their team. One senior even asked to have his previous players on his team because he had taught them plays the past year," said Julie Robinson, key club adviser.
The biggest difference this year is the addition to donors to the event, said Robinson. The Key Club sent out letters to potential donors asking for $50 checks to be made to the United Way of Jefferson County under the promise that the club would match it. A total of six donors responded raising $300, which the Key Club will match.
"Another big part of the fundraiser is the pizza night at Giannamore's Pizza on Nov. 12. Ten percent of the proceeds that night will also be donated to the United Way. We raised $1,500 last year, and we think we can improve on that," said Robinson.
There are four teams competing, split into two games, that will go head to head at the event. The first game will take place at 3 p.m., and the second game will start at 4 p.m. The winners of each game will face off at 5:30 p.m. for the championship game.
A $2 donation is required for entrance and "it's sure to be a fun and worthwhile time," according to Robinson.
"This event is, simply put, big fun. Powder puff has been a tradition here at Indian Creek and even though it fell away for a little while, we feel it's being revived. It's for a very worth cause and the kids love it," said Robinson.