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2010-11-11 / Sports

Giddings Buffaloes set to play the Smithville Tigers in Alumni Football Game

Giddings Alumni Team Looking for Players

Texas Alumni Football is coming to the Central Texas area when former high school players from Giddings will put on the pads again with former teammates and go head to head with Smithville in early January. The game is open to all alumni and the ages of the players will likely range from nineteen to mid-forties.

Giddings team captain, Chantry Adams, says he’s ready to put the pads on again. Most former high school football players never thought they would play again. “You don’t just play pickup games of full contact football when you graduate. For many guys, football is the biggest thing in the world in high school and then it’s taken away forever. People tell us all the time about how they’ve literally dreamed about the chance to play again” says Tim Bishop, Director of Texas Alumni Football.

Based in Austin, Texas Alumni Football has suited up over 3,000 former Texas high school football players this year in places such as Amarillo, Lubbock, Odessa, Big Spring and Sweetwater. The alumni games have been popular with players and fans. “We’ve heard from several Texas towns that the biggest crowd they ever had was for the alumni game,” says Bishop. Over 3,000 fans came out to watch the alumni games at 2A schools Crane and Big Lake earlier this year.

Local communities enjoy a rare opportunity to watch their former gridiron stars in action again. Schools benefit by having the opportunity to re-engage alumni and to gain financially. Schools keep half of pre-sale ticket proceeds and concession revenues. “We raised over $3,000 for our Project Graduation through the alumni games and it was an overall very positive event for our community,” said Larry Lee, Crane Schools ISD Superintendent.

Texas Alumni Football is now organizing alumni games for these teams in the Central Texas Region: Bastrop, Blanco, Bowie, Confort, Cedar Park, Dripping Springs, Elgin, Flatonia, Georgetown, Giddings, Harper, Hutto, Johnson City, La Grange, Lago Vista, Lake Travis, Lanier, Leander, Lockhart, Manor, McCallum, Round Rock, Smithville, Westlake, Westwood and Wimberley.

The area Team Kickoff Event/ Registration Meeting for Giddings and Smithville will be held at the Bullpen Sports Lounge in Giddings at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 14, 2010.

Interested players can sign up at www.AlumniFootballUSA.com or call Tim Bishop at (512) 771- 5561. Fans and players can link to individual team Facebook pages to discuss and reminisce about rivalries, players, games and other high school memories through the website www.AlumniFootballUSA.com.

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