MODESTO — Through three weeks of the high school football season, the Modesto Quarterback Club has already seen its donations from sponsors double its best total from any previous year.
And we're talking about a club that's been existence since 1930.
"So far this year, we've raised a little more than $4,000 from sponsorships," said new president Steve Goodyear, a former assistant coach at Downey High and Modesto JC. "A lot of it is just making personal contact. I think a lot of people in the community don't know how the club works or why we exist.
"We're not just a bunch of old guys, once a week during the season, sitting around and BS'ing."
In a nutshell, the Modesto Q Club works to drum up interest in local football. Coaches from the 10 Modesto high schools and Modesto JC attend the noon meeting each Monday at Coach's Corner, 950 Oakdale Road to give a report on their teams' performance the previous Friday. Each week, one school is honored and about a half dozen players from that team are treated to a free lunch.
But most important, the club raises money for the football programs. At the end of the year, money raised is divvied up 11 ways based on attendance.
"Three teams last year, Central Catholic, Downey and Modesto had perfect attendance and got $400 checks," said Goodyear. "Now, that's not going to put a dent into getting helmets refurbished, or anything like that, but if a kid can't afford shoes or a physical examination, that can help.
"A handshake, a thank you, and seeing the kids smile that's our reward."