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By Laura Nelson on 03/27/2013 Keidrick Brewster, a defensive back from Miami, Fla., is just one of the returning players that Aggie football supporters will see in action at the Texhoma High School stadium on April 6. —Sage Fischer photo Keidrick Brewster, a defensive back from Miami, Fla., is just one of the returning players that Aggie football supporters will see in action at the Texhoma High School stadium on April 6. —Sage Fischer photo Goodwell, Okla.—The Oklahoma Panhandle State University football team has started spring practice, and April will be busy for the players and coaches as they hold a spring scrimmage in Texhoma on April 6, work at the Belly Open golf tournament before playing the annual spring game on April 13, and then hold a community work-a-thon/fundraiser April 20.

The scrimmage on April 6 begins at 10 a.m. at the Texhoma High School football field, and immediately following, the Aggie football team will host a free lunch for the first 200 fans. Head coach Russell Gaskamp hopes the event will give local fans an opportunity to meet the players in a relaxed atmosphere. All of the events are free and everyone is invited to learn more about the local college football team!

The following Saturday, April 13, will be the annual Belly Open golf tournament at Sunset Hills in Guymon and then the team goes back to Goodwell for their annual spring game on Carl Wooten Field at 4 p.m. For more information about the golf tournament, the registration form may be found on the OPSU athletics website at www.opsu.edu/Athletics.

Even after the spring game is over, players won't be done working! On Saturday, April 20, more than 85 Aggie football team members and their coaches will volunteer six hours of community service each in Goodwell and Guymon. The event in Guymon is planned to help get ready for Pioneer Days, and work crews, supervised by a coach, will be given a list of projects to complete such as general clean-up or painting.

The work-a-thon helps support two of our local communities, and the team is asking for community support in return. Fans may sponsor one or more of the student athletes with an hourly donation or may simply make a flat donation. All of the money raised will directly benefit the players and will used to purchase shoes, gloves, T-shirts, caps, and travel suits for the Aggie football players.

Gaskamp said, "The staff and players would like to thank our extended football family for their continued support, and we hope the work day will be mutually beneficial for our communities and the football program." To find out how to make a tax deductible gift, contact Gaskamp at 580.651.4480.


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