Tuscola’s annual Big T Drawdown, originally scheduled for Aug. 1, has been postponed to Sept. 12.
The move comes on the heels of Governor Roy Cooper announcing that schools will reopen under Plan B this fall, and the North Carolina High School Athletic Association pushing the start of the fall sports season back to at least Sept. 1.
“We’re in still Phase Two with the governor, and even though he’s doing the back to school, which is under Plan B, and with the NCHSAA delaying the start for the fall season, we decided that it would be in our best interest to move it,” said Big T Club president Rhonda Buchanan.
The club has contingency plans in case the draw down can’t be held in Tuscola’s cafeteria, though that is still the plan.
Tickets are $100 each and are good for two steak dinners (chicken is available), and a shot at the grand prize of $5,000, second prize of $1,000, third prize of $500 and “other great gifts.”
The tickets can be purchased from any Big T Club member or Tuscola Athletics staff member, or from Bob’s Sports Store, Time Out Markets or Cataloochee Dental. Those interested in attending can also contact Doug McCracken at 828-550-2600.
This year’s Draw Down will feature a special recognition to the Carolina Panthers, who donated 12 brand-new Riddell SpeedFlex Helmets to Tuscola football last fall as part of a state-wide contest. The helmets will be on display for the community.
The event will also introduce Tuscola’s coaches, and the guest speaker will be Dr. James W. Martin Jr., a former track and field All-American at Tuscola and renowned audiologist.
The event will follow all of the updated state guidelines at the time.
“We’re just looking for a great event like we had last year,” Buchanan said. “We hope that we can get this done, because this is our No. 1 fundraiser for the year and we’ve had no other fundraising because of COVID-19. So we’re anxious to have this fundraiser, get our athletes all the support they need and let them know we’re there for them.”