Guy Ellis

The GHS Lady Red softball and basketball teams are planning a big spring fundraiser to help purchase new uniforms and equipment for the teams.

“Coach Bassett (Richard, basketball head coach) and I wanted to do something that could become an annual event for our teams,” said Lady Red Softball Head Coach Charli Duff. “We want it to be something our teams can do together and something that the community can get involved with.”

To that end the teams have come up with a Rubber Duck Race for April 26th at a location to be named in the near future. The contest will feature a race of rubber ducks that donors and patrons have purchased from Lady Red student athletes. The winner of the race will receive a $500 grand prize.

Lady Red student-athletes will be selling rubber ducks at the Grove Wal-Mart this Saturday from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. The ducks cost $10 each. The teams will also be selling the ducks at Wal-Mart on Saturday April 4th. The Lady Red student-athletes have dubbed those days “Adopt-A-Duck Day”.

“In the recent months Coach Bassett and I have worked very hard to put this event together and we are excited that it is finally time to start the process,” Duff said.

The sight of hundreds of brightly colored rubber ducks floating across the waterway should be a spectacle to behold. The fundraising tool is a common one used by hundreds of groups across the nation. Using an Internet search engine for “rubber duck race” will turn up many pictures of exactly what the teams plan to do this April.

“We wanted to do something that the girls could have fun with and that would get our community talking about Lady Red softball and basketball,” Duff said. “We hope the event is a huge success and that it can gain the support of Grove and the Grand Lake community.

“The future of girls’ athletics at the Grove schools is on the way up,” Duff added.

The organizers are seeking corporate sponsorship for the event. Interested parties should contact the GHS or GMS offices during regular school hours.