Once a Buck, always a Buck.
Like many of you reading this, I grew up in this town. My parents grew up in this town and my kids now wear the marroon and white proudly as well. Given this, I've compiled a mental list of anecdotal evidence spanning my 35 years of life as a Buck that proves that our hometown is the greatest place to live and raise a family. I could share these with you, but it would just be a repeat of your own stories of Bucktown and would only serve to reinforce what we already know to be true. And although the times and characters may change over the years, I'm willing to bet that we would all agree that the one common theme that defines us and unites us is that WE support our own and we band together when help is needed. Distance and decades may separate us, but we are always Bucks, forever.
And it's in the spirit of hometown support that I come to you with a request. It's a request for our current generation of Bucks and all those who will follow. But I suppose it's best if I provide a little backstory first.
Do you remember playing floor hockey in the gym when you were a kid? Of course you do--you're from Buchanan. Since 1969, the Buchanan Floor Hockey League has provided thousands of area kids with a positive and competitive athletic activity to keep them moving during the cold winter months. If you grew up here, chances are you spent every snowy Saturday at the high school gym, flinging pucks into the net and running around with your friends--pursuits fueled by the energy of a steady diet of concession stand popcorn and candy. It’s likely that you can still remember your coach, still recite all of the players on your team’s roster, and still recall a few prized match-ups from the good ol’ days.
Things have changed a bit since the early decades of the league and our teams no longer play in the competition gym divided into two courts by a massive white movable barrier. Currently, our league teams play in the Auxiliary Gym of the high school and the moveable (and very heavy) arena must be set-up by volunteers every Friday night before the Saturday morning games. If you've watched a game in the past decade (or helped put up the boards), you will know that there is a desperate need for new arena boards for our League.
The existing boards, while wonderfully constructed out of plywood and 2x4 supports by volunteers many years ago, are now in rough shape. The wood is splitting and they are heavy to move and require hours of set-up and teardown by volunteers every week. The league leadership hopes to be able to raise enough funds in the coming season(s) to purchase new, lighter, plastic boards for our updated arena.
We started our fundraising efforts last year by running a concession stand and asking for donations at the door. Through the amazing generosity of our local community, we have already raised $14,000 toward our $40,000 goal. That is a tremendous amount. But, as you know, we are a small community and we can only ask for so much help from those who live and work here before we reach a limit of what we can raise. When every sports group and extra-curricular is asking for a donation, funds tend to run out long before the desire to help does.
So here is where you come in. If you or your children ever played this sport, we are asking for your help. If you remember watching your little ones run around with yellow sticks in their hands and smiles on their faces, we are asking for your help. If you were inspired by a hockey coach or felt a special bond with your teammates, we are asking for your help. If you are a Buck, we NEED your help.
If every Buck just gave 10 Bucks, we'd have these boards up in a few weeks.
Every Buck = $10. That's it. A simple request from the kids back home and not more than what you would pay for two fancy cups of coffee or a ticket to the movies. Perhaps by reaching out to Bucks around the world who grew up playing the sport we all love, we can ensure that our beloved tradition of floor hockey continues on to the next generation.
Please do not just simply share this post. Take ownership of this problem and help us solve it. Pitch in $10 for this online fundraiser and THEN share this post with all of the Bucks you know on social media and tell them that you did your part to Build the Boards for Buchanan Floor Hockey.
All funds earned from this campaign will be securely deposited into the Buchanan Floor Hockey account at United Federal Credit Union in Buchanan and the Floor Hockey Board will frequently update the public on the current status of the "Build the Boards" campaign. If you choose to contribute to our “Build the Boards” fundraiser, your name will be added to the Donor’s Page of our website at buchananfloorhockey.com. But, most importantly, you will feel good for helping further the mission: To carry on the treasured tradition of floor hockey in Buchanan for future generations.
Just click this link and you can donate your $10 in less than a minute:
We appreciate your support and generosity. Buchanan Forever ~ Go Bucks!
Public Relations Liaison, 2016-2017 Buchanan Floor Hockey League
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