Oak Ridge Principal Steve Wehr, left, and Food Bank of El Dorado County Executive Director Mike Sproull teamed up to host the first Tackle Hunger football game on Oct. 19. Courtesy photo


Oak Ridge, Ponderosa tackle hunger

By October 17, 2012

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is proud to announce the first ever Tackle Hunger football game in El Dorado County.

The game will match up two of the area league pigskin powerhouses on Friday night, Oct. 19. The Oak Ridge Trojans host the Ponderosa Bruins to partner with the Food Bank in this event to benefit El Dorado County’s most at risk children, seniors and families.

“Oak Ridge High School is proud to partner with the Food Bank of El Dorado County to support those in need within our county,” said Oak Ridge Principal Steve Wehr. “We hope everyone will come out and enjoy a great night of football and support a worthy cause at the same time on Oct. 19.”

While the 2012 Tackle Hunger game has been the brainchild of Wehr, Ponderosa is very excited to be part of this event as well, according to Ponderosa Principal Lisa Garrett.

“This charitable event is a wonderful opportunity to come together in support of families in need from within our own community,” she said. “When students and community unite to help fight hunger and poverty, blessings occur to those on the receiving and the giving end. In the end, it is all about the people and the relationships we are able to build and maintain. We are most fortunate to be in this together.”

The inaugural Tackle Hunger game will be the second fundraising event this year in which Oak Ridge High School has partnered with the Food Bank of El Dorado County. In the spring the El Dorado Hills school participated in the Food Bank’s Change Challenge program and raised several thousand dollar in just a few days.

Mike Sproull, executive director of the Food Bank of El Dorado County, said he has witnessed the continued support from the students and staff of Oak Ridge High School — one of many schools in the area that participates in the KCRA Kids Can Food Drive which kicks off the same week as the upcoming big game.

“I am very excited regarding the Tackle Hunger football game in 2012,” Sproull said. “In a time when everyone is struggling for funding, Stephen Wehr, principle of Oak Ridge High School, continues to stress the importance regarding the community supporting El Dorado County’s at risk population. Together we can make a difference to our neighbors who struggle to put food on the table.”

The Food Bank of El Dorado County is asking the community to get involved with the Tackle Hunger football game. Members of the business community are welcome to make event donations and sponsors the game, which will publicize their support of the Food Bank of El Dorado County and the Tackle Hunger game, an event that is sure to grow bigger each year between Oak Ridge and Ponderosa.

Mark your calendars and bring your friends and family to Trojan Stadium at Oak Ridge to show your support for the Food Bank of El Dorado County and the local youth athletes who are committed to bring hunger awareness to a new venue with this football game.

For additional information on the Food Bank of El Dorado County visit foodbankedc.org or like us on Facebook. If you would like to get involved with the Tackle Hunger game send an e-mail to [email protected]

Special to Village Life


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