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Kickoff Classic thanks

Dear Editor,

The fifth annual Kickoff Classic golf tournament put together by the Roaring Fork Football Foundation was an incredible success. I would like to thank the whole Roaring Fork community for their awesome support for valleywide football. Over the past several years, we have seen incredible growth of all football programs thanks to the Three Rivers Youth Football League providing young people the opportunity to play football at an early age, thus giving all the programs experienced and excited players. Next year all of the high schools in the Roaring Fork Valley will have football programs, which is a testament to the success of the youth programs.

I would like to especially thank Tom Joiner and Kelly Strong for being the backbone of organization for the golf tournament. I would also like to thank the other football foundation members for their incredible time and support and work for the tournament. These wonderful people are Renee Maggert, Lance Quint, Rock Leonard, Larry Green, Trishe Meredith, Brian Avery, Kelly Klein and Jim Corrigan.

Our title sponsor, Wells Fargo, deserves a special thank you for their contribution. Thanks to the very important supporters and golf sponsors of the tournament. There were also 80 businesses from all around the valley who supported the tournament through sponsoring golf teams and golf holes. Thank you so much for your vital contributions.

The tournament would not have been such a success without the very important role played by Aspen Glen giving us a world class venue for the tournament. Jess Westley and his staff were awesome putting together the tournament. Thanks to Aaron Dougherty with the excellent food and beverage services and Dick Eide, the course superintendent, with providing a fantastic golf course.

The golf tournament owes a very special thanks to the celebrities who came from all over the country to play in the tournament. Many of these gentlemen have been returning over the years and are a wonderful influence on our young players. They provided a special experience for our players when they got a chance to meet them on Saturday. The celebrities are Mark Cotney, Dwight Hicks, Rick Upchurch, Haven Moses, Pete Shaw, Wade Manning, Leonard Marshall, Ken Woodard, Tim Lucas and Leroy Mitchell. These guys are excellent representatives of the game of football and really care about our youth in this valley and in America.

In conclusion, I want to thank everyone who has supported football in every way possible from volunteering time to giving money. Hopefully, we will see you where football is played and especially Friday night under the lights, a truly awesome piece of America. You are all fantastic.

Thank you so very much.

Tory Jensen

Head Coach, Roaring Fork High School

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