Former Indiana Pacers Player Darnell Hillman chats with participants of the Crispus Attucks Benefit Golf Outing. The fundraiser for the Crispus Attucks Athletics Department will be held July 8 and Coffin Golf Club in Indianapolis.

It’s been 60 years since some of the members of the Crispus Attucks Alumni Lettermen’s Club have graduated from the historic Crispus Attucks High School (now Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School). But they continue to give their time and money to honor the teachers and coaches who impacted their lives, and to ensure that current and future Attucks students have what they need to succeed.

 

The work that these former high school student-athletes do for their alma mater will be on full display during the Second Annual Crispus Attucks Benefit Golf Outing on July 8 at Coffin Golf Club. The event is just one of the ways the club raises money to support athletic programs at Crispus Attucks.

“Being a public school, we can’t use government money for extracurriculars, so everything we spend comes from ticket sales, concessions and donations/fundraisers,” said Crispus Attucks Athletic Director Josh Varno. “With that being said, without the Lettermen Club’s tireless dedication to our programs, we would struggle to add the pieces our department needs to give our student-athletes the experience they deserve.”

Since its founding in 2007, the club’s dedication to Attucks has not gone unnoticed. For the last four years, the Lettermen have raised and donated approximately $7,500 for the school’s athletic department. In 2016, the money received was used to revamp the school’s athletic website, provide a wagon to transport equipment, and install a new weight room rack and platform.

With this year’s golf outing, Varno hopes to purchase a video scoreboard and LED scorer’s table; lightweight wrestling mats; blocking sleds; and new uniforms for softball, volleyball and soccer.

The motivation of the Lettermen’s Club to help its alma mater comes from what members said they endured during their own experiences at Attucks. According to the club’s current president, Chuck Knox (Class of 1967), they had to deal with “old, used and sometimes outdated equipment, with many of us on the football team purchasing our own football shoes because those supplied by the school were pretty old and beat up.”

The club’s goal has always been to rewrite that story and help provide future generations at Crispus Attucks with the equipment to help make for a better athletic experience.

Along with providing assistance to the school’s athletics department, members are also steadfast in honoring the coaches and teachers who had a positive influence on them when they were in school. From the club’s inception by late founder Herman Poindexter, it didn’t take long before a true tradition took root. Each June since 2008, the Lettermen have honored nine teachers during a special ceremony, awarding them with an individual plaque that is later donated to the IPS Crispus Attucks Museum. This year, the club honored Ray Crowe and Mary Oglesby.

Registration for the Second Annual Crispus Attucks Benefit Golf Outing begins at 7 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 8 a.m. The event is open to the public. Cost is $85 for an individual golfer and $340 for a foursome. To register, visit www.crispusattucksalumnilettermen.weebly.com.