MEDINA TWP. — Anybody can watch a football game on Thanksgiving. It takes a special kind of person to play football that day.
“We tend to look for guys who are philanthropic and love the game of football,” Mike Meadows said.
For 23 years, Meadows has raised thousands of dollars for charity at his annual Turkey Bowl pickup football game at his home, 3075 Hood Road.
Kickoff is 8 a.m.
The event isn’t just one game, but a series of contests among four teams of 10 to 12 players.
Donations from the corporate sponsors of the teams go to the St. Vincent De Paul Society.
Last year, the Turkey Bowl brought in more than $125,000 for the society, which helps to feed, clothe and offer funds for heating homes to many needy people in Medina County.
“We always look to raise a dollar more than the previous year, so we’re shooting for $125,001,” Meadows said. “But ultimately, our goal is to help as many people as we can.”
This year’s Turkey Bowl is allocating $5,000 in scholarship money, or $2,500 each, to a male and female senior at Medina High School.
The Medina County School Foundation is managing the scholarship, and further details will be announced after Jan. 1, Meadows said.
Corporate sponsors for the 2012 Turkey Bowl include Hyde Park Steakhouse, the Cleveland Indians and Weymouth Golf Club.
Team captains this year are Bill Biegel, Erin Cureton, Keith Hughes and Jay Nemeth.
The Highland High School Marching Band is scheduled to play prior to the games and during game breaks, Meadows said. A breakfast will be offered to players and spectators before kickoff.
The day after Thanksgiving, Meadows will host the Youth Turkey Bowl 9 to 11 a.m. The game will feature about a dozen special-needs players who attend the Medina County Achievement Center, he said.
People interested in making a donation to benefit the St. Vincent De Paul Society via the Turkey Bowl can visit the event’s website, www.meadowsturkeybowl.com.
Contact Steve Grazier at (330) 721-4012 or firstname.lastname@example.org.