Coming off their first year back in region play that saw Georgia Military Prep School go 4-6 overall and 2-6 in the region, the Bulldogs will look for support from the community this weekend for the fifth annual GMC Prep Football Auction on Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Cordell Events Center.
Funds raised at the auction will go toward upgrading equipment for the upcoming season and a new look for the Bulldogs.
“The money is going to go to several different areas. We’re going to upgrade some of our equipment, replace some of the older equipment, things like that,” Steven Simpson, head coach, said. “We’re changing the color of our helmets, so some of the money will go toward that, which is not a big portion.”
While equipment upgrades will utilize a portion of the funds, Simpson stresses that most of the money raised at the auction will go toward providing the middle and high school football players with meals before and after games next season.
“The biggest portion of the money goes to pre-game and post-game meals for our student-athletes,” he said. “It’s not that we don’t have the budget for it here at the school — we have a great budget, but we’re hoping to build the program to be much larger than it currently is at both the middle and high school level.”
Other than a few changes, Simpson said the auction will run similar to previous auctions.
“Really, we’re not doing a whole lot of change from what we’ve done in the past, other than we’re hosting it here at the school,” he said.
Those in attendance will enjoy a steak dinner at this year’s event, as well as new, more improved items to bid on during the live auction.
“I feel like we have a few more items in the live auction area that are a little bit, maybe bigger and nicer than what they’ve been in the past, but it’s not a ton different. We’ve got a lot of items that are from all price ranges, so everybody could be a part,” Simpson said. “I don’t want anybody to feel like they can’t participate, whether it’s just coming and being a part and join the dinner and fellowship, or whether it’s being able to purchase something. There are items that range anywhere from a couple of bucks to a couple of thousand, hopefully.”
It is Simpson’s hope that no one in the community will feel left out at the auction, as GMC Prep looks to include anyone interested in supporting the Bulldogs in the fall.
“We’re trying to involve anybody and everybody to be a part of the program who wants to be a part of the program, or is looking for a way to contribute,” Simpson said.
With most of the items at the auction being donated from local businesses, Simpson, on behalf of the GMC Prep staff, is appreciative of the support in the midst of hard economic times.
“We appreciate the sponsorship and the support we get from local businesses and places like that that donate products and donate everything. Pretty much everything we auction off has been donated to some degree, or the majority has been donated,” he said. “In the tough situations and tough economic times we’re having right now, for people to still be willing to support and donate to a program like this, to GMC, it means a lot to us.”
Tickets for the auction are still available at $25 each, and those interested in purchasing a ticket can contact Debbie Griffin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (478) 387-4878.