Buffalo Grove Bills raising funds for needed new scoreboard
Football teams understand the importance of getting points on the board before the clock runs out.
But before putting points on the board, the Buffalo Grove Bills need to raise $6,500 for the scoreboard itself in time for the first game of the season on Aug. 29.
Team head coach Alex Nunez of Arlington Heights, himself an alumnus of the program, has appealed to the community for help in a newly launched GoFundMe campaign.
"The Bills organization was founded back in 1972 and has a very rich and bold tradition," Nunez wrote. "The tradition stands on pride, discipline, family and community. We strive to teach these young football players and young cheerleaders the importance of all of these, all while having the time of their lives doing so! Football, Family and Community are a HUGE importance to this town and the families that live in it!"
Nunez explained that the Bills organization is a not-for-profit entirely staffed by volunteers, necessitating the outside financial assistance he's requesting to overcome an unavoidable setback.
"Unfortunately this spring, during one of the high wind storms, the 30-year-old scoreboard was permanently damaged," Nunez wrote. "So we are looking for donations and sponsors to help us put one back up for our kids. You can donate as much or as little as you would like, any bit helps! Our sponsors and large donors will receive a banner at all of our home games for your company of choice!"
The GoFundMe campaign will be assisted by a fundraising car wash from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Bills' home field, 151 Raupp Blvd., Buffalo Grove.
The car wash is officially free, but donations to the organization -- especially for the scoreboard -- will be gratefully accepted.
To view or donate to Nunez's GoFundMe campaign, visit gf.me/v/c/5xy/new-scoreboard-for-the-kids.
As of Wednesday morning, 13 donors had already pledged $1,560 for a new scoreboard.