Big T Club — Not your average booster club

 

With the start of the modified 2020-21 high school sports calendar approaching, Tuscola has found a way to raise money for its athletics program.

On Saturday, Oct. 24 at Lake Junaluska Golf Course with a 9 a.m. shotgun start, the Big T Club will host a golf tournament to benefit the Tuscola athletic department.

The event will be a good way to fundraise while still allowing for social distancing, according to Tuscola assistant football coach Austin Cooke.

“Everything that’s been going on with COVID-19’s hit schools and everybody pretty hard,” Cooke said. “So moving forward, we wanted to be able to put something together that everybody could pitch in and help with that everybody gets the benefit of.”

The Big T Club is currently looking at a maximum of 22 teams. The entry fee is $300 per team, and will include the green fee, cart, breakfast, lunch and drinks (donated by Pepsi).

There will be a 50/50 raffle on site along with prizes for first, second and third place, closest to the pin, longest drive, straight drive and hole-in-one prizes. One of the prizes will be a year membership at Lake Junaluska. Checks should be made payable to the Big T Club. AutoStar of Waynesville will be the corporate sponsor, and will have vehicles on display at the course.

The Big T Club is also seeking various donations and corporate sponsorships, some for prizes to be given away at the tournament, and some for the purchase of items and equipment for the athletic department.

With sports such as volleyball and basketball starting without fall football funds, this will also be a way to raise money for officiating fees and other costs for those sports. Those interested in purchasing sponsorships should contact Cooke at aucooke@haywood.k12.nc.us

“We haven’t been able to do anything in a long time,” Cooke said. “We understand it’s everybody struggling, not just us. It’s not just other schools in the area, it’s businesses, it’s families. It’s everything. … Being able to get some money moving forward for those things, it’s pretty important to get a couple things out of the way and be able to do that.”

The tournament will be a good way for the Tuscola and Waynesville community to come together in support of the athletic department.

“It’s going to be great,” Cooke said. “The family atmosphere is what Tuscola’s all about. We have great community support, great booster club support from the Big T Club, great support from administration, the county, kids, parents. So being able to come together in support and do something like this is a great thing.”

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