Timberwolf Touchdown Club hopes to rally more interest in football

By Caitlin Bittner

The Timberwolf Touchdown Club, an organization that got its start a little over six months ago, is finally coming to life. “Our goal is to get more interest in football in the River Ridge school district. We really want to get the youth into it,” said Justin Campbell, president of the Timberwolf Touchdown Club.

Although one of the major goals of the program is to get more kids interested in playing football, the Timberwolf Touchdown Club is a nonprofit organization, which is not associated with the school. “We wanted to provide assistance to the football program and help with the learning of fundamentals,” explained Campbell.

Before the club could start teaching the building blocks, however, it first had to learn a few fundamentals of its own.

“I have to credit Aaron Amundson and Torey Bartels with helping us get organized with the flag football league,” said Campbell.

The Timberwolf Touchdown Club will be offering two different programs, one for fifth and sixth graders and another for seventh and eighth graders. “This year, it’s all going to be flag football, but next year we’re hoping to put the seventh and eighth graders in pads,” commented Campbell.

The fifth and sixth grade flag football league is scheduled to run for five weeks of play, ending in a Prairie du Chien hosted jamboree where all the teams involved will meet and play. All of the games will be played on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m.

Even though most of the seventh and eighth grade teams in the area play in pads, and River Ridge’s seventh and eighth graders aren’t yet equipped with pads, they will have a few games on their schedule as well.

An unofficial sign-up for the league was held earlier this summer and boasted about 54 players interested. “The numbers were pretty balanced for each league, with several girls even signing up to play,” said Campbell.

According to Campbell, getting everything organized has been time consuming, but well worth the effort.

“We’ve accomplished a lot in a little time, with practices starting the first week in September,” said Campbell. “To see the youth and high school kids having fun, being a team—that’s what this is all about.”

In order to accomplish its goals, the club will begin fundraising this fall. “After the first fifth and sixth grade flag football game, we’re going to have a tailgate party,” said Campbell.

The Sept. 21 party includes and raffle and all-you-can-eat food along with good company for the Badgers’ game. The party is slated to be at Tranel’s Restaurant and Bar in Bloomington. Raffle tickets for the event can be purchased from members of the Timberwolf Touchdown Club, as well as Brenda’s Beauty Bar in Bloomington and Zinkle’s Piggly Wiggly in Prairie du Chien.

The Timberwolf Touchdown Club is run by an executive board, including Campbell, Vice Presidents Tim Wachter and Dan Moris, Secretary Nate Copsey, Treasurer Tom Crubel and Head Coach Wade Winkers, as well as additional committee members Josh Copsey, Travis Copsey, Dave Drone, Jason Drone and Jasen Millin.

If you have further questions about the Timberwolf Touchdown Club or would like to assist in coaching the youth teams, please contact Justin Campbell at (608) 412-1851.

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