VISALIA – The players of the Golden West football team are hitting the road this weekend to help raise funds for expenses throughout the season. The 15th annual 50-Mile Bike Ride is Saturday, June 22, beginning at 5 a.m. at Golden West High School.
“This is one of our biggest fundraisers of the season, and it benefits our players greatly,” Adrianna Harris said.
This year there is expected to be close to 100 freshmen, junior varsity and varsity players participating in the ride. It was a goal that each of the participating players raise $200.
All of the proceeds go to benefit the Golden West football program. The funds will be used to help purchase equipment, provide team meals on game day, help cover the cost of traveling to passing tournaments and purchase end-of-the-season awards.
The trek takes the players east down to Lovers Lane. From there they will turn south toward Caldwell. Once they reach the red light, they will head back east through Farmersville and Exeter and on up to the top of Rocky Hill. Players will then turn around and follow the same route back to Golden West.
“Everyone is very encouraging during the ride,” Harris said. “Some of the kids even stay back, and help encourage their teammates to finish.”