MARBLE FALLS — A new local youth football team is starting this fall and holding fundraisers to make it affordable for the players and their families.
The Highland Lakes Horns is a member of the American Youth Football League’s central division and is for players in the sixth grade. Its opponents include teams with ties to Leander Rouse, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Leander High and Cedar Park High.
Bobby Shirley, president of the Highland Lakes Horns, said the goal is to keep the registration fee at no more than $100. Shoes will be the only part of the uniform not covered with registration, he said.
One of the fundraisers is a chance to win a Marlin 243 deer rifle and scope. Tickets can be bought at Las Comadres, 1001 U.S. 281 South in Burnet, for $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing is March 15.
The other event is an auction on the team’s Facebook page. Shirley, who is an avid sports-autograph collector, bought a Dallas Cowboys mini-helmet and a Texas Longhorns mini-helmet. He had former Cowboy greats Ed “Too Tall” Jones and Randy White sign their team’s helmet and former Longhorns running back Ricky Williams sign the other. In addition, Shirley has photos of the three players signing the helmets, which will be included with the winning bids.
People interested in bidding on the helmets can search for Highland Lakes Horns on Facebook. Be sure to click on the longhorn that doesn’t have ears to see the helmets.
Besides teaching players the fundamentals of football, Shirley said the team will participate in community events such as helping families whose homes have burned down.
“We’ll have a lot of fun and help them learn to give back,” he said.