Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Local Sports

June 11, 2014

Spring Roundup: West Carter Middle school football to host fundraiser

June 11, 2014 — The common phrase for accomplishing major goals is “it takes a village.”

In the town of Olive Hill, football is one of the big past times for anyone wanting a release from everyday life.

The West Carter Middle School football team helps provide that stress reliever, but they cannot do it alone. The group has to do a lot of its own fundraising for equipment.

The Comets are putting on one of those fundraisers this weekend calling it “The Spring Roundup” to help pay for new uniforms. The event is hoping to raise $7,000.

Ryan Raybourn, who is in his fifth year coaching the West Carter Middle School football team, said the shelf life of a uniform is about four years. So his team is in desperate need of new ones.

“I just believe that these players are just as important as the ones in the past,” Raybourn said. “If you look good, you play good so it’s important they have nice gear to play in.”

The event, which has a western theme, will feature several events for people who attend. There will be barrel racing, lassoing, sack racing, water gun fights, dart toss, an egg run, horseshoes and many others

“It doesn’t come cheap,” Raybourn said. “Everyone is fundraising these days. We try to do things a little differently by having events like this. It’s fun and we wanted to do something for our guys and we’re hoping it’s very successful.”

Raybourn believes in his kids and that they deserve to have the best available equipment to help move the program forward.

“I went here and this school means a lot to me and these kids,” Raybourn said. “I like them to have as much of an opportunity as any other kids around here.”

The Spring Roundup will be held at the West Carter High football field and starts at 1 p.m. and the admission gate will close at 3:30 pm.  People wanting to attend will be allowed to participate until the gates close at 3:30 p.m. Those who are in before the gates close will be given enough time to play and participate in the events.

Admission is $5 for everyone three years and up.  Each child will be given enough tickets to participate in each event and more tickets will be available for purchase.   There will be concessions available and all wranglers should wear their older play clothes and shoes.

MacKenzie Bates can be reached at or by telephone at 1-800-247-6142.

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