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Locals rally to save Cove youth tackle football program

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Posted: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:30 am

COPPERAS COVE — All those if favor of saving Cove youth tackle football say “aye.”

Friends of the program can enjoy live music, good times, and donate to a great cause Sunday at the Youth Tackle Football Benefit at Dave’s Bar & Grill in Cove. The event kicks off at noon.

Robert Troy, head coach of the Division II Cowboys, presented David McBride with the idea, and ever the community activist, McBride accepted — much to Troy’s delight.

“Youth football is too important to let go away,” he said. “Regardless of the why, we need to get together as a community to save the program.”

It’s a benefit, not a party. So all are welcome to join in the cause.

Frank Seffrood, Cove’s mayor pro tem, said he would be there, as well as City Manager Andrea Gardner.

Neither public official drinks beer, but they know that’s not the point.

“We need to step up and save this program for these kids. They learn so much from the game,” Seffrood said. “It’s time for our city to put up and shut up.”

Gardner, who understands budget cuts as well as anybody and better than most, also believes the program needs to be kept off the chopping block.

“This is an important program for our youth,” she said. “It’s just a great cause.”

Troy feels the positive feedback proves to him that the city understands what’s at stake. His main concern is that, without youth leagues, the children will not learn proper techniques and that will only increase the chances of them sustaining major injuries.

“As these kids progress through middle school and high school, the guys they are playing against only get bigger, stronger, and faster,” he said. “Not only that but they’ll have been paying tackle for two to three years longer than our kids.”

As for Sunday, Troy isn’t satisfied with only putting the event together, he wants to perform. He is the lead singer and guitarist for the Hammer Goat band, which will serve as the day’s entertainment.

“I have to do all I can,” he said.

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