The Hobart College football team will host its annual Touchdowns and Tackles for Happiness House game on Saturday, Oct. 26, when the Statesmen take on Rensselaer. Kickoff at Boswell Field is scheduled for noon.
Members of the team have asked local businesses and fans to donate $1 for every tackle Hobart makes and $7 for every touchdown the Statesmen score to Happiness House. Interested contributors can also pledge a flat rate. Additionally, Hobart Athletics will donate the day’s proceeds from ticket sales to Happiness House.
On Thursday, Hobart football players visited Happiness House on Pre-Emption Road in Geneva, reading to the students and playing games.
Happiness House branches span across Ontario, Seneca, Yates, and Wayne counties. Established in 1969, the nonprofit educational, health, and human services agency has developed programs and services for children and adults that address developmental disabilities and syndromes. On average, the organization serves more than 1,000 children, adults and their families each year.
The Touchdowns and Tackles fundraiser was started in 2010 by offensive lineman Jarrid Blades ’12. This year’s initiative is being led by senior captain Michael Green, also an offensive lineman.
“This is a great event started four years ago by Jarrid Blades, and I’m excited to be leading it this year,” Green said. “I chose to take the lead on this event because I wanted to help make a difference in these children’s lives and provide Happiness House with a large donation to help with their initiative. We hope to raise $10,000 for Happiness House.”
The Wakley family of Geneva will represent Happiness House families, assisting with the pregame coin toss. Laura and Chris’ son, Graham, attends Happiness House.
To learn more about Touchdowns and Tackles for Happiness House or to make a pledge, contact the Hobart Athletic Department at (315) 781-3565 or Michael Green at email@example.com.