The new football program at Sardis secondary school had its first padded practice Tuesday, breaking in brand new equipment that arrived in August.
“We’ve got over 50 helmets, 60 sets of shoulder pads and our practice jerseys,” head coach Adam Smith said. “We’ve got our (blocking) sled, our (tackling) bags, our cones and our footballs.
“The only thing we don’t have yet is game jerseys, and we’ll take care of those in the new year.”
Smith wanted to get students out for five or six outdoor workouts to continue building interest in the program.
“We wanted to let kids see us out here with our equipment, to get the interest up in the school and keep adding to our numbers,” the coach noted.
Fundraising for the Falcons is going well.
B.C. Lions vice president George Chayka pledged to lead the charge, donating $2,000 out of his own pocket initially, including $1,000 in memory of former Sardis star Rick Klassen.
His committee delivered another donation of $5,000 from a Chilliwack family earlier this week.
“They started about a week ago and that happened the first day they were out,” Smith said. “George has a group of former Sardis players who are businessmen in the community and they’re out there now.”
Chayka’s group includes Walter Peters, Dean Simpson, Gary Simpson, Ken Britton and Don Yates.
“We told them what our costs were and they’re helping us take care of that, and having a guy like George head it up is an advantage not a lot of programs get.
“It’s a relief having that.”
Donations to the program are tax deductible.
Anyone wanting info can contact Sardis athletic director Brad Geary by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.