Youth football in Elkin has new faces at the forefront, with the Jr. Elks Football Program being led by a new board this year.
Starting with just a small amount of funding, Farando “Sly” Best, one of the organizers of the program, said the Elkin Athletic Golf Tournament organization recently held a benefit tournament to help the progam get on its feet.
Tournament organizer Scott Reynolds, a former president of the football club, presented a check to Best with the proceeds of $1,200, which Best said will help with new equipment, paying referees and EMS, getting the concession stand together and aiding in scholarships for those youths not able to afford the participation cost.
The Jr. Elks season kicks off Aug. 3, and the nonprofit group is still accepting donations and sponsorships for its banner to help provide a solid program for the young players, ranging in age from kindergarten through eighth grade.
Other fundraisers already held include raffles.
Those wishing to participate can pay a reduced fee if they sign up early.
With about 54 players already registered, Best said he is hoping for more kids who want to play. Registrations can be turned in at Midtown Barber Shop on Main Street in Elkin, and a birth certificate and physical are due before Aug. 3.
Practices will be held at Crater Park from 6 to 8 p.m.
For more information, visit Facebook page Jr. Elks Sports Club 2015.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.