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Football benefit blends golf, NFL players

Throw golf and football into a blender and serve, ice cold: the Roaring Fork Football Foundation Kickoff Classic.

The fifth annual benefit for the Roaring Fork Football Foundation will feature an afternoon of golf with several former NFL players, along with the customary Friday night Calcutta, set from 6-9 p.m.

The Aspen Glen will host the event again this year.

The round of golf is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday. A special dinner will follow the golf outing.

The money raised goes to the football programs, high school and middle school, in the Glenwood Springs, Carbondale, Basalt areas.

Individuals contributing also have the option of designating an individual program to receive their donations.

The cocktail party and Calcutta Friday will include a silent auction with a wide assortment of items.

NFL veterans scheduled to participate this weekend include Ken Woodard, Rick Upchurch and Haven Moses, all with Denver Bronco credentials.

Dwight Hicks, a regular at the Roaring Fork Football Foundation benefit, will return this year with Wade Manning, another decorated NFL veteran who has long supported the local football charity.

Leonard Marshall of recent NFL fame and Pete Shaw also will participate this weekend.

“This tournament benefits football all around the area,” said Roaring Fork head football coach Tory Jensen.

“The economic reality now is that football here requires this golf benefit,” Jensen added. “This has been a lifeline for us,” he said of the annual Kickoff Classic at Aspen Glen.

In addition to the golf, there will also be a bit of football on Saturday.

At 10 a.m. Saturday at Roaring Fork High School in Carbondale, the area high school teams play stage 7-on-7 drills, touch-style, without pads.

The 7-on-7 will include Roaring Fork, Glenwood Springs and Basalt high school teams.

Several of the NFL players are expected to turn out to offer tips to the high school players during their 7-on-7 scrimmages.


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