SHS wrestling team launches fundraising campaign |

SHS wrestling team launches fundraising campaign

ADAM BOFFEYsummit daily newsSummit County, CO Colorado
Summit Daily/Mark Fox

FARMERS KORNER Its not your typical high school wrestling team that celebrates the end of its season with a shopping spree.The Summit Tigers are looking forward to filling as many carts as they can as part of a fundraising campaign for the Childrens Hospital of Denver.The initiative, which was suggested by SHS assistant coach Jack Byrne and agreed to by the Tigers roughly 14 grapplers, gives athletes the chance to raise money for youngsters who are too sick to engage in sports.Byrne and head coach Jim Melvin have both pledged the following: $0.25 per individual Tiger victory; $0.25 per act of community service (i.e. shoveling snow for a neighbor or helping a fellow student in school); and $0.10 for each Tiger who stays after practice for an extra conditioning session.Summits coaches, who invite community members to match their pledge, want the Tigers to have input in what kind of presents kids receive.We want to get them Xbox games and DVDs, said Bryne, adding that the team will consult a kids wish list from the hospitals website. Fun stuff not just a flat check.The Tigers, who are off to a strong start with a roster twice the size it was last year, seem to be on board. Wrestling hasnt really been a big deal in this county for the last few years, said Chris Dutt, a 6-foot-5 junior who competes in the 189-pound division. Now that we have a decent-size team, were letting people know, Hey, were here, and were doing things to help out the community as much as we can.’ … (The whole teams) down with helping people and giving to people who arent as fortunate.The Tigers plan to hand deliver their presents.We want the whole hospital to go, Oh my God, Byrne said. Well tell them were coming, but we want it be ridiculous.Anyone seeking info on how to get involved in the effort can email to try their hand at waiting and bussingSummits fundraising campaign also includes a function Friday at Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. in Breckenridge from 6-9 p.m.The team will be on hand to assist with waitering and bussing duties in hopes of obtaining donations for the Denver Childrens Hospital cause.The evening will afford patrons a rare chance to see the Tigers working the floor instead of the mat. Well just be helping out as much as we can, said Dutt, who spoke to his level of dining room experience. Ive taken home ec classes and stuff, but I wouldnt say Im a server.Dutt and his teammates may not be bona fide food servers, but when it comes to serving youngsters in pain, they could learn a thing or two this season. Adam Boffey can be contacted at (970) 668-4634, or at

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