Youth football program holding gun raffle, community event

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Gretchen Mensink Lovejoy
Chatfield News

CYF has gone beyond the padding.

“Chatfield Youth Football has been going strong for 13 years,” stated Chatfield Youth Football (CYF) spokesperson Brent Berge. “It started because we wanted to give the fifth and sixth grade kids a safe opportunity to play padded football.”

He elaborated, “And on any given year, we have eight to ten coaches, and usually around 50 kids in our program. We have helped coach over 650 kids in the 13 years. I think it gives the youth something to look forward to when they get into fifth grade — a safe, organized philosophy that is there to help in building confidence in our youth of Chatfield. I enjoy being a part of the community and helping with the youth through Chatfield Youth Football.”

Over the course of the 13 years that CYF has been in operation, it has donated to support many different sports and projects. Those have included high school football, softball, basketball, baseball and the outfitting of the high school weight room. They have given toward youth sports — including baseball, softball, volleyball and some activities available through Studio 223, and given funds to the city of Chatfield for CCTV, to the park system and for Western Days activities.

“It’s not just a football booster organization — we support Chatfield athletics and the community and have given away over $17,015 in support,” Berge said. “We’re holding our inaugural Chatfield Youth Football Gun Raffle on Feb. 16 at Bernard Bus garage, with only 300 raffle tickets sold, and they are indeed sold out, but this is still open to the public for anyone over 21.”

For a $10 donation, one can be entered in the door prize drawing for a gun and enjoy some adult beverages and food until it’s all gone.

The event will also include several side games going on all night, with the chance to win guns and other hunting equipment – which are available to everyone.

“This is totally open to men and women,” Berge added. “This is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and we raise money to help out our student athlete programs.”

The event is an opportunity for the community to lend a hand to the Chatfield Youth Football program in its mission to continue giving students a safe sporting experience.

“It’s a great community event, a chance to help raise some money for Chatfield athletics and the community, and just to be a part of the fun and enjoy each other’s company,” Berge said. “Doors open at Bernard Bus garage at 5:30 p.m., and the official start time is 6 p.m., with the raffle beginning at 6-ish. The event will last until 10 p.m., and we want to give special thanks to Mike and Lisa Bernard, the Chatfield Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Chatfield Youth Sports Administration.”

For more information, contact Jason Daniels at 507-273-3828, Blake Carrier at 507-272-3604 or Brent Berge at 507-259-2289.