NFL’s Sam Wyche to keynote Trousdale School fundraiser
by JOYANNA LOVE Banner Senior Staff Writer
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Sam Wyche
Sam Wyche

Sam Wyche, former player and head coach of the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will deliver the keynote address at Trousdale School’s eighth annual Golf Tournament and Luncheon fundraiser.

The popular fundraiser is set for Monday at 11:45 a.m., at the Cleveland Country Club.

Executive Director Shannon Clark said the school hopes to raise $40,000.

While the golf tournament registration deadline has passed, area residents can still support the school by attending the luncheon before the tournament, Clark explained.

“We are excited to have him,” Clark said.

The event will be held at the Cleveland Country Club on Monday at 11:45 a.m.

Trousdale Founder Tom Johnson’s brother, Bob Johnson, is also a former Cincinnati Bengal, and was Wyche’s teammate.

Tickets are $25 and can be reserved by calling the school at 479-7130.

Reservation deadline for the luncheon is Saturday.

The school offers scholarships to students based on their family’s income. There are 25 students who receive partial scholarships.

“Everybody pays something toward tuition but they are sliding scale scholarships,” Clark said.

The golf tournament will begin at 1 p.m. with student Shane Smith.

“It’s really neat to see the community come together and it gives us an opportunity to let the community know who we are, and what we do and how we serve,” Clark said. “... There is always someone who learns who we (Trousdale School) are through that event.”

While the event sees many of the golfers returning yearly, there are always a few new participants at the event.

Sponsors are supporting the event by sponsoring holes and carts.

“We appreciate all of the community support. People in the community are very eager to help us, and that is very appreciated,” Clark said.

Trousdale students will be practicing their putt-putt skills at the Country Club before the tournament.

“During the tournament, the students are going to have a tennis clinic with Tony Cavett, the tennis coach at Lee [University],” Clark said.

The school has 31 students.

Trousdale is a continuing education school for adults with intellectual disabilities.

For more information about the event or Trousdale, call 479-7130 or visit the school’s website at www.trousdaleschool .org.