New golf tourney hopes to raise DHS athletic funds

By From page B1 | July 19, 2013

With more varsity sports than any other school in the region — and five more than even UC Davis — keeping the Davis High School athletic budget’s head above water is not an easy task.

Counting coaches’ stipends, officials’ fees, insurance, a modicum of equipment and lights, the cost for the Blue Devils to do business on the field can push $200,000 every school year.

That doesn’t take into account salaries for the athletic director and his assistant — and leaves another $100,000 or so up to individual teams and players’ parents to raise.

Transportation, uniforms, most equipment — and in some sports, officials — are the responsibility of the DHS team members.

Keeping the wheels on an athletic department in which sports over the years have won more Sac-Joaquin Section championships than any other school is a daunting task.

So, in an effort to help take fundraising off the front burners of most sports’ season goals, the inaugural DHS Athletics Kick Off Golf Tournament, which is being held in partnership with the Blue & White Foundation, is just around the corner.

To be played at El Macero Country Club on Aug. 5, the morning outing features a continental breakfast, lunch with awards presentations and, according to organizers, “a very special silent auction.”

The cost is $150 a player, but foursomes can get in for $500.

As with most fundraising golf outings, there are opportunities for hole sponsorships and other unique avenues for local business to market themselves.

Hats off to new Davis High Blue Devil Football Backers President Rich Riffle. He is the general manager at El Macero and is doing everything possible to ensure that the high school’s athletic coffers benefit mightily from this tourney.

Sponsorship levels range from $25 (my kind of donation) to $2,500, which, if creatively used here, is sure to help some savvy local business not only get the word out about its services — but its owners will secure a warm and fuzzy feeling that their support has helped more than 1,000 Blue Devil athletes take another step forward.

Oh, and thanks to Riffle’s understanding of how to run a first-class event, not only will golfers get to tour one of the area’s finest private layouts, all participants receive a one-year subscription to Golf Digest magazine.

To register your group (or sign up solo) visit www.golfdigestplanner.com/24231-KickOffGolf.

For more information on sponsorship contact Davis High Athletic Director Dennis Foster (or his wife Rebecca) at [email protected] or call 916-397-9230.

But hurry. The 8 a.m. shotgun start is less than three weeks out.

While I Have You Here: A standing ovation for Rich Jenness, who for the past 2½ years has been the DHS Football Backers president.

Jenness just passed the reins along to Riffle — but looking back on all the group has accomplished during Jenness’ almost five-year stay on the board gives even a casual observer a feel for what his leadership has meant.

The Backers have worked closely with the Davis Junior Blue Devils and former varsity coach Steve Smyte to create a family gridiron environment that has helped make the DJBD youth teams part of a bigger picture.

Coaches at prep and youth team levels have benefited from close coordination. Smyte and Jenness — with Al Inouye, John Griffiths and Marty Morse (among others) working from the Junior Blue Devil perspective — collaborated to bring DHS football back from the dead.

The primary goal in both the high school and junior programs has been to turn out good student-athletes who will be model citizens.

From what I’ve seen, that mission is being accomplished.

Jenness will be missed.

One more thing: Speaking of our Junior Blue Devils …

The organization’s summer football camp (for players and cheerleaders) is Tuesday through Thursday (9:30 a.m. to noon) at Brown Stadium. Registration still is being taken.

If a kid hasn’t registered to play DJBD football or cheer, the fee is $50. If someone is already signed up for the 2013 season, this camp is free of charge.

Program coaches — and special-guest mentors — will be on hand.

Mail-in registration has ended, so parents or guardians of participants should download applications at [email protected], fill out the sheet and bring to the first practice Tuesday a.m.

Applications also are available at registration on the first day of camp.

— Bruce Gallaudet is a staff writer for The Davis Enterprise. Reach him at [email protected] or 530-747-8047.

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