Meet the Coaches event at UT set for June 2Written by Jason Mack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Toledo football head coach Tim Beckman and his coaching staff are hosting the team’s third-annual Meet the Coaches fundraising event at Inverness Club on June 2 to benefit the Rocket Fuel program.
“It’s a good time,” Beckman said. “We get to talk some football. We get to mingle with some community leaders. It’s a good chance for everyone to get together and talk football in June.”
This will include talking football with general manager Tom Heckert and linebackers coach Bill Davis of the Cleveland Browns. Beckman was close friends with both members of the Browns growing up as all three of their father’s coached together at Adrian College. Several UT coaches recently traveled to Cleveland to talk strategy with the Browns’ coaches.
“We took half the staff down there,” Beckman said. “They aren’t coaching now because they’re on strike. So they helped clinic us and we helped clinic them. It was pretty cool. They are eager to talk football, too.”
The event will feature former UT coach Frank Lauterbur as Toledo celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Rockets’ 35-0 undefeated streak from 1969-71.
Meet the Coaches includes a live auction for field passes and other prizes along with wine tasting courtesy of Jim Cameron and Heidelberg Distributing.
The idea for the event came from Patrick Kenney, a CPA at Wilcox Financial.
“Patrick and I had lunch one day, and he started asking me about this,” Beckman said. “When I was down south, Urban Meyer did something similar called Coaches Corner. We came up with the idea for Rocket Fuel. Patrick had the idea to kick the program off with an event at Inverness. He came up with great ideas.”
Rocket Fuel is a donation program to raise funds for expenses not included in the team’s operating budget.
“It’s been able to buy things that make the Rockets better,” Beckman said. “It’s not about money going to me or the coaching staff. This money is going directly to the players to make them better.”
The funds have been used on things such as a cooling tub, a machine for freezing around arms and knees, fitted mouth guards and renovations to the weight room, locker room and team meeting room.
“The more we can raise, the better off we’re going to be with our facilities,” Beckman said. “You always try to get the best you can possibly get. It’s for the stuff our budget doesn’t cover. In Division I, you’d love to have your budget cover everything. We do this event so we can do things for our players. It helps in recruiting, and it helps us win.”
The event runs from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Inverness Club located at 4601 Dorr St. Tickets are $100 per individual and $150 per couple. For more information, visit UTRockets.com or call the football office at (419)530-3500.