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Newberry County Touchdown Club members prepare for the Newberry College watermelon feeding last year outside of Setzler Field.
Newberry County Touchdown Club members prepare for the Newberry College watermelon feeding last year outside of Setzler Field.
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NEWBERRY — The hot summer weather can only mean one thing: Football season is just around the corner. With the upcoming football season, the Newberry County Touchdown Club will soon be underway.


Each year, the Touchdown Club holds monthly meetings to recognize student-athletes from Newberry County for their efforts on and off the football field.


A change in leadership roles will begin with this new season. Austin Willingham will move from his position as vice president to president of the club and Matt DeWitt will assume the vice president position.


Three years ago, Mayor Foster Senn was looking for someone to replace him as president, a position he had held since 1998, Willingham said.


At that time, Willingham said he had just moved back to the Newberry area which led to DeWitt assuming the role as president until this year.


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my last three years as Newberry County Touchdown Club president,” DeWitt said. “I also feel very confident Austin Willingham will continue to lead the club in a positive direction with a focus on honoring our county’s football student-athletes on and off the field of play for their efforts.”


The club’s first activity will be a watermelon feeding on Aug. 23 for the Newberry College football team after a morning practice.


“It’s usually a good way to get in touch with the players at the beginning of the season,” Willingham said.


The NCTDC will hold its first meeting at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at Community Hall. Doors open around 7 p.m. A meal will be served.


Todd Knight, head football coach at Newberry College, will be the speaker for the first meeting. Piggy Boys Barbecue will be catering the meal.


Other meetings this season will be Sept. 22 with Coach Shell Dula as speaker. Newberry College President Dr. Maurice Scherrens will speak Oct. 20 and Brad Scott will be the speaker at the final meeting Nov. 10.


Membership in the Newberry County Touchdown Club enables the group to honor athletic and academic successes throughout the year.


Individual memberships in the NCTC are $40, with the option of buying a meal available in advance or at the door. Business sponsorships are $125, which includes additional meal plan options. The Touchdown Club is currently in the middle of its membership drive.


Contact Willingham via email at austin@willinghamandsons.com for more information.


Upcoming events


The Newberry County Touchdown Club will work with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the City of Newberry’s Recreation Department to host the Punt, Pass and Kick Competition. It will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Sept. 13 at Setzler Field on Newberry College’s campus.


The competition is open to boys and girls ages 6 to 15. Five age groups will compete: 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12-13 and 14-15. Registration forms are available at the city’s PRT department, 1323 College St. A birth certificate is required with registration. The rain date is Sept. 20.


Rules and more information can be found at nflppk.com.


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