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Hodag Family Day raises money for football team, encourages community supportSubmitted: 08/09/2014

Karolina Buczek
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kbuczek@wjfw.com


RHINELANDER - The Rhinelander High School Hodags will hit the field in just a few weeks, and there are many changes to the program this year.

"Coach Ferge brought in a new offensive scheme and it's going to be a little more up-tempo. The people that haven't been to a football game in a while might want to come out this year and see what happens. It's going to be a good year for the Hodags," said Gridiron Club vice president Jay Sampson.

The Hodag Gridiron Club has been working to get fans more excited about the upcoming season. They want the community to take pride in the team.

"We want to make the football team a community team and get the Rhinelander population behind the football team," said Sampson.

The Gridiron Club hosted its first annual Hodag Family Day on Saturday. The event not only pumped up the fans, it also raised a lot of money for the football team.

"The Gridiron Club is established to be a fundraiser to supplement what the football team gets from the school district, to buy stuff for them and the coaches, and support them monetarily," said Sampson.

Community members got the chance to play with the Hodag and even dunk the coaches.

"The principal[was] the first one up this morning and all of our coaches are taking a turn. That has been the highlight of the day," said Sampson.

All of the money raised will buy new equipment for the team or pay for training.

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