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SPY's Newsletter 5/3/21

SPY’s Newsletter #131


Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout

Golf Tournament On The Horizon

Coming up on Sunday, June 13th, will be the 31nd. annual Centennial Acres / SPY Shoot-Out golf tournament. Our event chairmen Derek Desgranges and Steve Grosshans will be in need of some helpers. Give either Derek (269-838-7686) or Steve (269-838-6459) a call for further information, or to volunteer to help out, or most importantly, to sign-up your team. This is a fun event! Come on out and help us help kids and the community!

For further information about the Shootout, please check-out the attached flyer. Thank you!

Wanna Sponsor A Hole?

Did you know that the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth’s funding for the various youth athletic and scholastic programs they provide, as well as assistance for a number of worthy community programs and projects, amounts to over $25,000 a year, (and that doesn’t include the scholarships),---and costs keep going up. There are many needs in our community, as well as many opportunities that are provided in a variety of ways---but, we need YOUR help to continue the efforts!

Sure, we can go knocking on local merchants doors, (the so very few that are left in our community), and we have in the past. But they have people coming through their doors every day with their hands out looking for donations. We need to give them a break once and a while---especially in this economy. So, the SPY’s are making an appeal to everyone else out there to help us help kids.

Here’s the pitch---The Centennial Acres / SPY Shootout golf tournament is coming up on Sunday, June 13th. This has become THE major event for generating funds that the SPY's currently have. This is where individuals like yourself can help. We are looking for hole sponsors. And, have we got a deal for you!

For your fully tax-deductible contribution of $100 you get your very own hole at Centennial Acres for the day, complete with a professional quality sign acknowledging your support of the kids. But wait, that's not all. If a "skin" is recorded on your hole, (across all divisions and flights), you will win a $50 gift certificate for the Centennial Acres Pro Shop! What a deal!

For further information, or to sign up to sponsor a hole, please contact Derek Desgranges (269-838-7686) or Steve Grosshas (269-838-6459). Thank you!

Next SPY Meeting

The next meeting of the Sunfield Area Sponsors of Programs for Youth (the SPY’s) will take place this coming Tuesday,May 11th. starting at 7 PM. It will once again be held at the Best Tax Service office, which is located just west of the blinker light on M-43 in Sunfield. Guests are always welcome.

Parting Comments

• Deep Thought of the Week: Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who don't.

• Notable Quote: “Do not let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.”---John Wooden

• That’s Puny Department: Mahatma Gandhi of India, as everyone knows, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail, and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him a, (are you ready?) super-callused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.

• Did You Know Section? In October of 1905, President Theodore Roosevelt convened an urgent summit meeting at the White House. The subject: college football. The game had become so brutal that more than one hundred student players had died. College presidents were disbanding teams. Several state legislatures were giving serious consideration to making football illegal.

TR was himself a fan, (his son played football at Harvard), but he had a harsh message for the men who ruled the game: Sooner or later the rising public outcry would force his hand. If they didn’t change the rules to make football safer, he might have no choice but to ban it.

Roosevelt’s call for reform prompted the formation of a new rules committee to make major changes to the game. One committee member suggested an idea long advocated by legendary coach John Heisman: legalizing the forward pass. That might open up the game, reducing dangerous mass collisions in the middle of the field.

The New York Times called the idea “radical”, and the head of the rules committee was opposed to it. Nevertheless, it was adopted for the 1906 season, along with rules that outlaws holding and unnecessary roughness and required a team to gain ten yards (instead of five) for a first down.

The new rules legalized the forward pass but heavily restricted its use. The ball could not be passed within five yards of the center---it could not be passed to a receiver in the end zone--- and an incomplete pass automatically resulted in the other team getting the ball.

College football’s first forward pass came on September 22, 1906, when Saint Louis University quarterback Brad Robinson heaved the ball to Jack Schneider in a game against Carroll College. (Robinson later became mayor of Saint Louis) Saint Louis coach Eddie Cochems, an unsung pioneer of the passing game, was among the first to teach his players to throw the ball with their fingers on the laces to get a good spiral.

• If you are looking for further information about the SPY’s---

events---Corporate or Platinum Sponsorship information---

scholarship forms---youth sports reimbursement forms---past

SPY newsletters---etc.---just go to the SPY website at

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