With Jackson Hole High School’s golf team unable to meet to practice until at least the beginning of April, the team is bracing for the hard reality that it may not be able to meet at all.
High school spring sports are on hold until at least April 6, with the entire season likely to be called off as measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, continue to keep groups from gathering.
So while the team is in the middle of an annual raffle to raise money for its expenses, head coach Ryan Allen said there was an inclination among its members to do something more with their fundraising.
“Instead of the ticket sales going for the golf team,” Allen said, “we’re going to take 100% of the proceeds from the raffle and give it back to the community.”
This year when supporters buy raffle tickets for a foursome outing at Snake River Sporting Club, Teton Pines, Shooting Star or Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis Club, that money will go to the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s Emergency Response Fund.
“It gives the kids something to feel good about,” Allen said. “They’re doing it to help the community. It’s an opportunity to give back.”
Last year, the drive raised $4,000 for the golf team.
“Hopefully people will get on board because it’s an opportunity to give back to our community and our nonprofit community,” Allen said. “But it also gives people the opportunity to maybe win a golf outing with some friends at one of the local golf courses.”
Those interested in buying a raffle ticket may email head coach Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly message the golf team’s Instagram page, @broncsgolf. Raffle ticket payments will be made through Venmo, @JHHSBroncsGolf.
Meanwhile, golf looks to be one of the few sports — though not at the high school level — that the community might be able to partake in come early May, when courses around the valley are expected to open.