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Parks and Recreation fundraiser benefits Relay for Life

Troup County Parks and Recreation recently held a successful special event fundraiser for the Troup County team of the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life with the help of local youth flag football players and their families.

The special event fundraiser, led by Program Specialist and Flag Football Coordinator Darryl Holsey with Troup County Parks and Recreation, was held to benefit victims and cancer survivors through the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, as well as to provide supplemental assistance to the Troup County Parks and Recreation youth football program.

“This two-fold event allowed youth sports participants to engage in an effort designed to help others,” Holsey said. “It showed them the importance of working together to accomplish a worthy goal, while earning a new post season experience for a job well done.” 

The fundraiser involved the joint effort of over 200 flag football players throughout all 17 Parks and Recreation teams who sold flags with special messages of hope in honor of cancer awareness. Holsey partnered with a local vendor to design and purchase the flags with no up-front expense. 

Parents and coaches were also involved in the effort. The four teams to sell the most flags qualified to play in the popular post-season Flag Bowl, which was held at Callaway Stadium in LaGrange.

From the total funds raised, a check was presented to the Troup County Team of the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life in the amount of $500, while the remaining amount will be used to purchase equipment and supplies for participants in the upcoming flag football season.