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College football barbecue kicks off season in Brooksville


Published:   |   Updated: August 20, 2014 at 03:14 PM

The City of Brooksville Parks & Recreation wants to know: Are you ready for some football?

On Saturday, the city will kick off the college football season at Jerome Brown Community Center with a barbecue, music, cash bar, and prizes beginning at 6 p.m. Proceeds from the event will support Friends of the Children, Inc.

The football kickoff has been done before in Brooksville through a different organization, but not for some time, said Mike Walker, the director of parks, facilities and recreation for the city.

With such diverse interests among residents in different college teams, it seemed fitting for the parks and recreation department to bring it back in full force.

“People are loyal to their teams,” Walker said. Why not give them a place to support their love of football in an environment that was created in the name of football?

The community center is named for Jerome Brown, a Hernando High graduate who played defensive tackle for the University of Miami and then the Philadelphia Eagles from 1987-1991 before being killed in a car crash in Brooksville.

The evening will feature a full barbecue dinner, 50/50 drawing, corn hole, door prizes, a TV raffle, music and a cash bar with beer and wine. Participants are encouraged to dress in their team colors and sport plenty of fanfare.

It is the first gala sponsored by parks and recreation and is expected to be an annual event.

According to Friends of the Children, Inc., the not-for-profit corporation’s purpose is to “provide recreational, cultural and educational programs to benefit the children, particularly residents of the city and surrounding communities.”

Friends of the Children organize events like Operation Backpack which, in its 12th year at the Jerome Brown Center, gave away 600 backpacks with school supplies on Aug. 9 at Jerome Brown Center. The organization is also responsible for the Movie in the Park, a family-friendly movie night planned each month at Tom Varn Park.

The kick-off, Walker said, is a great opportunity for football fans to get together and share their passion in a fun, energy-driven environment.

“Football is a big deal in this county,” Walker said.

Local business or private donors are welcome to participate. If interested, contact City of Brooksville Parks & Recreation at (352) 540-3830.

Tickets are $15 per person and are available by calling City of Brooksville Parks & Recreation or can be purchased at the door the day of the event.

Email Hernando Today correspondent Kim Dame at damewrites@yahoo.com.

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