At this weekend's Frisco BBQ Challenge, keep an eye out for the tough guys from Summit High School's football team, stationed next to a bouncy house and other children's games.
Members of the team will be at the barbecue, along with parents from the group's booster club, in order to fundraise a hoped $6,000-$7,000 for new helmets and other needs. They will be hosting the children's bouncy house, a blow-up maze, along with other kid games, throughout the whole event.
Football is an expensive endeavor. All-in-all, it costs about $1,000 to outfit a football player, said head of the Summit High booster club Debbie Nelson. Besides that, there are other fees, including equipment, turf maintenance and gas for travel.
"We're not only outfitting the player, but providing balls and all the different practice equipment they use," Nelson said.
This year, the biggest expense is the required replacement of 60 recently inspected helmets - they didn't make the grade, and come at a cost of $200-$250 each, Nelson said.
There are typically about 70 kids who participate in the sport through one of the school's three teams - varsity, junior varsity and C-team.
The team and booster club also ran the games last year, and raised a total of $5,500. But, everyone's hopes are up for this weekend - last year, the $5,500 was raised during an incredibly rainy barbecue.
"The most important thing we're trying to do is show kids the importance of being a part of the community," Nelson said. "The Frisco barbecue is just a really fun event. The football players love these kids."
The help of the booster club, comprised of parents, allows the community to support SHS's large team, Nelson said. She called the booster participants "the most tremendous parent group anywhere," since they are constantly fundraising, along with working to further instill traits taught on the team: sportsmanship, leadership and commitment.
"We're just trying to be more than just a booster club that raises money," Nelson said.
The love of the game is especially palpable during home events, Nelson said - there's just a feeling in the air.
"The football team really drives people," she said. "It's just a really unifying sport."