QB Club gears up for fall

Published 10:12 pm Thursday, August 11, 2011

For the past seven months, residents of Selma have been eagerly awaiting the college and high school football seasons.

Many are just as eager to see the Selma Quarterback Club meetings roll around again.

This year, club captain Leonard Ingram said another strong lineup of good food and speakers is on the horizon. The meetings will again feature barbecue from Hancock’s and steaks from Bearden Catering and legendary college football names like Pat Dye will headline the circuit.

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“We are looking forward to another great year,” Ingram said. “We are especially looking forward to the Aug. 29 kickoff meeting at the river home of Julius Talton.”

Special guests for the meeting will be JOX 94.5 radio hosts Lance Taylor, Ryan Brown and Jeff Dunaway.

Ingram said they hope to set up three microphones to allow the hosts to interact with the crowd. A social hour will begin at 6:30 and the meeting will begin at 7 p.m. The club will also bring back an old favorite, Ingram said. Statistics will again be available to members from kickoffzone@yahoo.com.

The feature, Ingram said, was part of the club for years, but became too expensive. However, now that it is available electronically, Ingram said the club jumped at the chance to bring it back.

“It has a ton of stats and rankings,” he said. “People always really enjoyed it. Providing it got to be difficult with printing it off and getting everything in. Now, it’s available over the internet and rather than subscribe personally, we can provide it to members.”

Like years past, Ingram said there are plenty of reasons to join the club, which was founded in 1941 and is one of the oldest in the state.

The club will have a number of door prizes available through its sponsors and will again have the $10,000 Big Ticket drawing, which will be performed by Dye.

In addition to the prizes, Ingram said the club will also award four $4,000 scholarships  during the Nov. 7 meeting.

The scholarships, Ingram said, symbolize what the club is all about.

“We are a nonprofit club that promotes a love of college and high school football through charitable giving and scholarships,” he said.

Ingram said he hopes to have 200 members and encourages those who have never been a part of the club to join. Membership is $175 for the eight meetings, which are held every other Monday at the Carl C. Morgan Convention Center.

To join, Ingram said people can call him at 872-1012, quarterback Wesley Siddens at 875-2626 or visit the website at www.selmaquarterback.com.
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