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GMS Tigers busy on and off field

The Greenville Middle School football team recently raffled off a Samsung 43-inch plasma television as part of a fundraiser of the team’s spirit packs. The television was donated by Sears. Pictured from left to right, Sears employees Steve Davison and Wes Hines, raffle winner Victoria Bell and GMS head coach Daniel Ingram. (Advocate Staff/Andy Brown)

The Greenville Middle School football team is hard at work — both on the field and off.

Along with working out three days a week in preparation for the upcoming season, the Tigers are also busy raising money. The money raised will help fund the team’s spirit packs, which will include cleats and a shirt and shorts for workouts.

“This way kids don’t have to pay to play,” Greenville Middle School head coach Daniel Ingram said.

The Tigers recently sold raffle tickets on a Samsung 43-inch plasma television donated by Sears, and according to Ingram there are future fundraisers in the works.

“We’re going to do some other things to try and get the rest of the money,” he said. “We’re looking at having a car wash and a few other things to help raise a little more. We just really appreciate everything that everyone has already done for us.

“We appreciate Sears donating the TV and everyone who bought tickets. I would definitely call it a success and I think it shows that people out there are supporting the program.”

The raffle generated $90 per player towards the cost of the spirit packs.

Ingram said he would like to be able to include a travel bag in the spirit pack.

“If you get cleats, a dri-fit shirt and shorts you’re looking at $100 right there, so we don’t have the money for that yet, but we’re hoping a little more comes in,” Ingram said.

According to Ingram, the Greenville High School’s varsity team’s spirit packs cost approximately $150.

Anyone interested in assisting with the cost of the spirit packs can contact Ingram at (334) 437-0335.