— By GREG WEBB
The Weatherford Football Booster Club is touting an up coming event in hopes of generating excitement as the spring football practice sessions loom nearer, and to raise funds to benefit Weatherford ISD athletics.
At the Outback on Thursday (April 17), football players from grades 9 through 11 will be performing some weight-lifting, but not just in an effort to increase strength, but to help raise funds to provide an upgrade for the weight room and equipment itself.
Pledges associated with the total weight lifted for bench press and squat attempts will enhance the competition at the lift event. The “Lift-A-Thon” is being held in advance of the spring football workout sessions, which are slated to begin Monday, April 29 and culminate with the Blue-White Game on the night of May 22.
Weatherford head football coach Weldon Nelms is certainly excited about the prospect of improving the weight room facility and equipment, but the title-winning coach makes no bones about promoting a culture change as well, as it relates to preparing for football year-round.
“I really want our community and the kids to realize the importance of change,” Nelms said of the off-season work. “We’ve had a tremendous off-season and I would like for the community to come out and see the kids perform.
“We have already seen such a positive change from last year’s work level to this year’s during these months.
Nelms feels confident the public will be impressed by the strides the kids have made, which takes care of the generation of excitement aspect. The other purpose is to upgrade the facility itself.
“The other benefit is obviously so that we can raise funds to further enhance our weight program with improved equipment,” Nelms said. “And it’s not just a help for the football team, but is a necessary enhancement for all athletics.”