Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Big Thanks!

Lakewood Youth Football would like to say thank you to the following people:

Marie Stansell
Kristi Waddle
Rachelle Sweet
Tammy Sullivan
Amber Coleman
Mandy Stowell
Jessica Sayer
Cliff Weller
Crystal Terry

Thank you all so very much for volunteering your time and working our Tripper's fundraiser. The poker room was a busy place this weekend and you helped raise a good chunk of money for the program! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Opportunity To Help Your Son's Team

Team Parent

New for the 2014 season Lakewood Youth Football is trying a new concept in which we are titling “Team Parent”.  The role of the team parent is a concept that many of the local youth football organizations are using with great success and something we at Lakewood Youth Football are proud to bring to our community.  As many of you know the logistics of any single team can be very hectic and a lot for a coach and assistants to bear throughout the season along with the preparations of 15-30 kids to play a football game each Saturday.  We would like to add a team parent to each team that will assist the coach in non-football preparations throughout each week.  The team parents’ role would consist of these duties:
  • Team snacks
  • Handing out forms applicable to the team
  • Preparing rosters for the Saturday games
  • Reaching out to other parents on the team to fill open positions in the concession stand
  • Reaching out to other parents on the team to fill open chain gang positions
  • Retrieving equipment for the team ( knee pads, mouthpieces, straps, etc..)
  • Team Communication ( sending emails for the team)
  • Anything extra that the team parent wants to do for the team ( pictures, team specific facebook account, shutterfly account…etc.)
If you are interested in taking a role as a team parent for your athlete’s team please sign up to volunteer for this at sign ups on March 12th.  If you are selected for this role you will be asked to give information for a Michigan State Police background check.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Pigskin Party and Fundraiser

I am selling tickets for the annual pigskin party coming up on March 21st at 6:00pm.  Tickets for the event are $25 dollars a piece and all proceeds go to the Pigskin Club who supports Lakewood High School football.  The night will consist of a catered meal, games, prizes, and live auctions.  If you would like to support Lakewood Football by purchasing a ticket I am at the high school every Tuesday and Thursday from 7-8:15 or you can call me at 616-902-4433 and I will make sure I get a ticket to you.   This years theme for the party is Football Frenzy.  Wear your apparel for your favorite high school, college, or professional football team.  There will be prizes for the best dressed.  Thank you so much and we hope to see you there.

Victor Stank
Lakewood Youth Football

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Trippers Dates Coming Up!

Great news! Changes with charity poker are not set to take effect until at least February and we were able to reserve a set of dates in January, which is wonderful! This will take the pressure off of our fundraising concerns, should we no longer be able to participate in Tripper's events after February.

So, of course, that means we have a need for some workers. It's the same deal as usual. We need two workers per shift. The dates are as follows:

Thursday, January 2nd

Friday, January 3rd

Saturday, January 4th

Sunday, January 5th

The shifts will run from 11:30am-6:00pm and 6:00pm-2:00am

Contact Jessica if interested. You can call or text 616-902-7351 or email jessiestank@gmail.com.

Thanks for supporting Lakewood Youth Football!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Equipment Hand In

If you have equipment to return to us we will be at the shed on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30.  This will be your last chance to hand your equipment in before being invoiced.  If your equipment is not returned your child will not be eligible to play next year until it is brought to us or invoice is paid.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Year End Banquet and Equipment Hand-in

Can you believe we have reached the end of the football season already? Where has the time gone? We would like to let you know about our end of the season plans.


The Lakewood Youth Football Banquet will be held on Sunday October 27th at 2:00 pm in the auxiliary gym at the high school.

In an effort to have things run more smoothly and to speed things up a bit, we will not be having a meal prior to the program. We will meet in the gym where Vic will give a short talk and then the coaches will each have an opportunity to recognize their teams in front of the audience.

We look forward to seeing all of the boys recognized as well as the many volunteers who help make the season possible.


We will be taking equipment at the shed on the following dates:

Saturday October 17th from 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday October 26th (during the final home game) from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Tuesday November 5th from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

If you are unable to make any of these dates, please call a board member and make arrangements for drop-off. If you fail to return your child's equipment, you will be invoiced for the cost of the equipment.

Other announcements:

If you have not paid your child's fee, please plan to do so by the equipment hand-in date. If you fail to pay the fee, you will be invoiced for the amount and your child will not be allowed to play until the balance is paid in full. We have scholarships available, but arrangements need to be made prior to the start of the season. 

Monday, October 14, 2013


Lakewood Youth Football would like to thank the parents who gave up their time this weekend to work at Tripper's. We had a successful fundraising weekend and it is because of these wonderful volunteers that we can afford to supply equipment for our players. We are the only program in the area that still provides a full set of equipment to youth players, having it included in the signup fee. If it wasn't for fundraising, this would not be an option. The fee we take in for a player at signups is only enough to cover the cost of one helmet. Between the equipment costs and the costs of running the program in general, fundraising is a very important part of our program.

Lakewood Youth Football would like to thank the following people:

Jennifer Kohn
Jason and Katie Shong
Jenn Merryfield
Mike Graham
Becky Boucher
Sadie Goodemoot
Amber Coleman

Thank you for donating your time and energy to the cause! Your efforts help keep costs down for everyone!

Fundraising News: 

This weekend's charity poker event is likely the last one we will be participating in. Unfortunately, Governor Snyder, and the Michigan Gaming Control Board have been working hard to support the big business that is the Detroit Casinos and have been trying to figure out how to shut down charity gaming since last fall when the Gaming Board was given control of charity gaming by the governor, who took control away from the Michigan Lottery. It seems they have likely succeeded by creating rules that make things extremely difficult for both gaming companies and charities. The Executive Director of the MGCB, Richard Kalm, has pushed through changes to the rules regarding Millionaire Parties (charity poker). These rules are completely unfair and make it nearly impossible for charities to qualify for proper licensing. The rules will also likely drive companies like ACES Gaming (the company that we hire to run our events) out of business. Many charities throughout Michigan count on charity gaming for the majority of their fundraising. Charity gaming in Michigan raises $17 million for Michigan's charities: funds they are not likely to have access to once these rules all go into effect.

Some of the rule changes include:

  • A given location will only be allowed to host 30 licensed charity poker events in a calendar year. (Tripper's Poker room is currently only closed a few days a year).
  • Charities will be required to provide five Bona-fide members per shift. (Prior to this change, we only had to provide two people per shift).
  • Locations will only be allowed to have one charity on site for gaming per day, cutting the amount of chips sold at a location by 2/3 for a given day. (This will limit the number of players who will come to the poker room in the first place).
  • Charities must hold events in their same county or adjacent county. 
  • Charities will be responsible for handling all table disputes and the actions of the dealers. This includes sending in a list of dealers that will be working the event and proof they have never been convicted of certain crimes to the State when applying for a license. (Licensing applications are sent in several months ahead of an event).
These are just a sampling of the rule changes that are set to go into effect or that have already gone into effect. At this time, we cannot commit to future events. Even if we are able to find ways to comply, get licensed and hire dealers, the likelihood that we would be able to fill eight shifts with five people a piece would be next to impossible. It has been a major struggle to get even two people to work a shift. Most of the time, board members have been stuck covering multiple shifts to stay in compliance with the shift attendance requirements.

We are currently exploring new fundraising options so that in the likely event that we cannot continue with Tripper's Charity poker, we can continue to bring in funds to help keep costs low for our families.

If you would like to read more about the Michigan Gaming Control Board's rule changes, the rules can be read in their entirety by CLICKING HERE.  

You can visit the Michigan Charitable Gaming Association's website HERE. They will have the latest news concerning any progress with the situation.

It is unfortunate that Michigan charities are going to lose this tremendous fundraising opportunity. If you have a great idea for a fundraiser that you would like us to consider, please leave it in the comments below.