The Kelvin Clippers high school football team has launched a fundraising campaign to purchase and install a scoreboard for its outdoor field.
The scoreboard idea started gaining momentum during Kelvin’s 100th anniversary celebrations earlier this year.
"At the 100th anniversary celebration we played a touch football game between my team and the former alumni," said head coach Jon Romu, who’s been with the program since 2001.
"At that game the alumni asked why we didn’t have a score clock at Kelvin. They feel we should all be able to come together to fundraise and provide the school with a score clock."
The aim of the campaign is to raise $30,000, which would allow the Clippers to purchase and install a personalized scoreboard and undertake some improvements to the field.
Romu acquired benches from the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ old stadium and would like to have them permanently installed at Kelvin, but insists it can only happen with community support and fundraising.
"Our football program runs on fundraising and players fees," Romu said. "It’s not included in the school budget."
That’s the reason that Romu is reaching out to former alumni for their support.
"We have many people who have gone through the program from back in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s whose kids and even in some cases their grandkids have gone through the program," he said. "They’re looking to give back."
One of the parents showing her support for the project is Sandra Lorange. Her son plays on the football team as did her father in the ‘50s.
"I think it’s important for the community to have these things and if we’re able to provide it then we should do it," Lorange said.
The team is also fundraising online through its website at clipperpride.com.
"We have different set amounts that people can donate and they get a specific item in return for that amount," Romu said. "Clippers T-shirts, champion T-shirts, water bottles, etc."
It’s a cause Romu feels passionate about.
"It’s like the banner hanging in the gym. It’s something that the players and the people who have been a part of the program in past can see years down the road and be proud of," he said.
"I think it gives a little more ownership to the program and to the community. It’s not just a football field. The rugby team uses it. The soccer team uses it. Track and field uses it. It’s something that the whole community can use."