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Muskie football program seeking support

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A sign of commitment to Muskie football will be the main focus of a meeting Sunday evening of players, coaches, parents, and supporters.

Head coach Bob Swing said he hopes the meeting—set for 7 p.m. at the Fort High cafeteria—will draw a strong turnout that will translate into more active involvement in the team.

“A lot depends on attendance,” said Swing, who also is a director with the local Touchdown Club. “It’s more of an information session.

“We’re hoping by the end of the meeting, there’ll be some people willing to volunteer some time and help run with it,” he added.

FFHS co-athletic director Darren Johnson and other directors from the Touchdown Club will be on hand Sunday, but anyone interested is welcome to attend.

Swing said the cost of participating in their first Winnipeg High School Football League last fall was nearly doubled that from their days in the now-defunct Nor-WOSSA league.

Player fees currently sit at $75 but they won’t increase as far as the Touchdown Club is concerned.

“We don’t see them going up. It’s not a budget problem,” said Swing, adding the budget numbers for the last five years will be announced at Sunday’s meeting.

“We now know how much it will cost to run the program.”

Still, several fundraising possibilities will be discussed.

The future of the Muskie ‘C’ team (grade seven and eights) also will be addressed at Sunday’s meeting. The team didn’t run last fall due to a lack of an appropriate facility and coaching interest.

In related news, Muskie Adam McTavish is heading to New Orleans this weekend to begin a week of training with Team Canada in preparation for the 2002 Global Junior Championship VI.

As previously reported, the OAC student—suiting up as a wide receiver/kicker—will play in the four-team event starting Jan. 30 against Team USA, Europe, and Japan.

The GJC is a National Football League-sponsored event held in conjunction with Super Bowl festivities that weekend.

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