Former BCISD athletes making something happen

Participants in last year’s Turkey Bowl gather for a group photo following the contest last year. Proceeds from the event last year benefited two families in need for the Christmas holidays. This year they are hoping to benefit even more. The event will be held Saturday, Nov. 24 at Memorial Stadium starting at 10 a.m. and will feature former Matagorda and Harris County high school football players. 

Former BCISD athletes making something happen


Prior to the Thanksgiving holidays in 2017, two former athletes of Bay City Independent School District (BCISD) decided to organize a charitable event that would entail what they love – football and giving back to the community. 

Shaun Rutherford, BCHS class of 2008 and his cousin DaMarcus Griggs, BCHS class of 2006, decided that since Texas is known for its rich tradition of football, last year would be the start of making something happen for a good cause in Matagorda County – the 1st Annual Turkey Bowl (7 on 7 tournament). 

“We wanted to have as many athletes to participate as we could,” Rutherford said. “So we reached out to several other young men to help get the word out; Adrian Pena, Andrew Pena, D. J. Dominguez and Juan Flores. We wanted everyone to have a chance to compete. Last year’s competition included former athletes from Matagorda as well as Harris County. We also received donations from former athletes who couldn’t make it down to play in the tournament.”

“This event was filled with great competition on the field and laughter off the field,” Griggs said. “It was a great cause for our local communities as a way of bringing people together to give back.” 

Familiar faces got to see each other and catch up with each other’s lives and there was lots of great competition on the football field. But all in all, what mattered most, was the amount of money and contributions donated to the event that allowed us to raise enough money to be able to sponsor families in need for the Christmas holiday and put smiles on their faces.

“Giving back to a city that has always supported me is something I’ve always wanted to do,” said Rutherford. “My blessings are your blessings.” 

This year the group was hoping for an even bigger turnout. They had five teams to compete last year, are hoping for even more this year. They started recruiting players earlier this year and they will be able to use the football field (Memorial Stadium) in place of the practice field, and Janice Hopes will have a concession stand. The concession stand will be sponsored by Bay City All Sports Booster Club and the profit from the concession stand sales will be used for athletic scholarships and for the cause. 

Proceeds from the event benefited two families in need for the Christmas holidays. This year they are hoping to benefit even more.

Thanks to all who supported this event last year to make it a success. They are striving to make this year’s tournament even better. A special thanks to 2017 volunteer referees — John Paul DeLarosa, Jonathan Schneider, Robbie Nies and Jarrell Wilson.

To obtain more information for this year’s event, contact Shaun Rutherford @ 512-660-1790 or DaMarcus Griggs @ 979.240.6045.

This year’s event will be held on Saturday Nov. 24, at Memorial Stadium with the first 1st game at 10 a.m. 


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