Gridiron Club announces schedule of events

Gridiron Club announces schedule of events

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Gridiron Club, which has been in existence since 1945 and promotes football in this state at all levels, has announced its upcoming slate for this coming fall, as well as its Annual Awards Night next April.

The kickoff event will be Wednesday, Oct. 9, with a Leadership Night featuring the captains and coaches of each of the 46 football-playing high schools and prep schools in the state. College coaches will also be at attendance at this event. Meals will be priced at $10 for players and $20 for coaches.

On Wednesday, Nov. 20, the club will honor the teams that will participate in this year’s four RIIL Super Bowls. A five-course chicken dinner will be served, and tickets are $30 for parents and friends, $20 for coaches, and $10 for athletes.

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the club will host its annual Hall of Fame Brunch at the Rhode Island Country Club – all tickets are $25 – and three nights later will be the Hall of Fame Banquet that will feature a prime rib dinner. Tickets are $40 for this event, and the names of this year’s honorees will be announced in the near future.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the club will honor the Most Valuable Offensive and Defensive Players from each high school and prep school team in the state. The tickets for this event, which will also feature a five-course chicken dinner, are $30.

The club will host its final event of the 2019-20 school year, the Annual Awards Night, on April 8, 2020, and it will pay tribute to the outstanding players, coaches, and officials from the previous fall.

This is another prime rib night, with tickets priced at $40. The Player and Coach of the Year will be announced, as well as the top players from each division in the RIIL. And thanks to a highly successful inaugural golf tournament, the club also hopes to initiate its first awarded scholarship program to deserving high school seniors going on to college.

The club also hopes to add a “Home State Hero” Award to go with its “Pride of Rhode Island” Award. The “Home State Hero” Award will go to a former Rhode Island high school player who has stayed within the state and stood out at one of the four football playing colleges in R.I., while the “Pride of Rhode Island” Award will be presented to a player who has gone to an out-of-state institution and done Rhode Island proud.

With all these events scheduled, the club needs the support of coaches, players, officials, fans, and its Hall of Famers by either purchasing a membership for $180 or attending one or two of the events. Hall of Famers are encouraged to attend the Brunch and Hall of Fame Banquet, as well as play in the annual golf tournament.