Lift-a-thon is tonight |

Lift-a-thon is tonight

For some, putting a little more weight on the bar usually involves grabbing a seat at the local tavern.

No achievement there, and certainly nothing worthy of a charitable contribution from you, the reader.

But for many young men, putting a little more weight on the bar is a call to an activity that actually builds the body, and is actually something to be proud of.

Without a doubt, it is something worthy of your consideration, and perhaps it is something to which you have already contributed.

The annual Nevada Union Lift-a-thon is upon us, tonight starting at 6 p.m. in the Ali Gym at Nevada Union High School. It is expected to conclude at some point before 8 p.m.

The public is invited for free to watch next year’s varsity and junior varsity football players for Nevada Union lift weights. For future members of the varsity, the event of choice will be the Olympic clean lift; future members of the junior varsity team will be doing bench presses for dollars.

Money raised from sponsorships will go toward football gear, and trust me, when it comes to gear, few sports have anything on football. These dollars help pay for practice uniforms, game uniforms, knee pads, thigh pads, tees …

Shall I go on? I’m sure you get the idea.

Football is truly a year-round activity at NU; between the actual seasons are weight lifting programs, camps and speed training drills.

Certainly one can’t imagine the Miners becoming so good simply by magic. Nope, they work at it, and then work some more.

“The Lift-a-thons show our commitment to excellence,” said NU football coach Dave Humphers, who has always appreciated the support of the community. “It is a desire to find ways to improve, to make the entire program bigger and stronger.”

Just as the focus on speed training has helped the Miners defeat quick opponents in the past, the weight training program helps build blockers who can pancake, and backs who become breakaway backs.

It helps them get through the season’s rigors easier, as well.

“Weight lifting lowers the injury numbers, when kids are strong,” Humphers said. “It is an important part of our program.”

For those interested who have not already sponsored a player, but would like to do so, simply call Humphers during the day at 273-4431, extension 286.

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