A group of Robstown High School graduates are looking for past students to join an alumni football team, which will be playing games in order to raise money for the school's Athletic Booster Club.
Arturo Gonzalez, a detective with the Robstown Police Department and a RHS graduate, said the group began organizing the team, Robstown Cotton Pickers Alumni Football, on Facebook. At the team's first meeting last month, about 25 people showed up, he said. But in the past three weeks, 75 former RHS graduates have signed up to participate, he added.
"Just by word of mouth, people have been showing up to practice," Gonzalez said. "Plus, we've had people from out of town calling us that they want to come see it."
The team has meetings and practice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, beginning at 7 p.m., at Robert Driscoll Stadium. They also meet on Saturdays at noon, and with the gatherings lasting about two hours, Gonzalez said.
The idea was brought about, Gonzalez said, when organizers first proposed an alumni football game against Agua Dulce High School's alumni football team. That game is now tentatively scheduled to take place on Jan. 15 at the Robstown High School football stadium.
"We're getting tremendous support front the superintendent and the administration in putting this game together," Gonzalez said.
Proceeds from the event's ticket and concession sales will be distributed via a 55 to 45 percent split between the teams, with the larger portion going toward the Robstown High School's Athletic Booster Club, Gonzalez said. The team will be conducting various fundraisers until that date, however, in order to purchase new equipment for the team, he added.
So far, the team has 50 helmets and pads available, but more is still needed for the remaining members, Gonzalez said. The group is actively seeking sponsors, as well, he added.
"It's just catching on down here. We're looking to be doing this year-round or spread out," Gonzalez said, adding the RHS alumni team has already been challenged by West Oso's alumni for a football game in March.
"It's just something to have fun and raise money for the kids and the athletic booster clubs," Gonzalez said.
The team is also asking any former graduates, whether they participated in athletics or not, interested in joining to sign up for or attend the event. Former cheerleaders, drill team and pep squad members are also being sought out for the game, Gonzalez said, while Big Red Band alumni are currently scheduled to perform at halftime at the Jan. 15 game.
"You don't need to have played football, but it does help," he added.
A barbecue fundraiser will be held Nov. 13, at the former location of La Cha-Rita Mexican Restaurant, at 101 East Avenue A. The team will be selling barbecue chicken plates for a $6 donation per plate.
For more information, contact Arturo Gonzalez at (361) 434-9625.