Flag football raises funds for Trinity

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 29, 2006

NATCHEZ &8212; One night after the Trinity Saints clinched a trip to the MPSA state championship game, a few dozen Trinity alumni and friends hit the same field for a different cause.

The second annual Flag Football Tournament drew six men&8217;s teams and two women&8217;s team to raise funds for Trinity Episcopal School.

&8220;It&8217;s a great way to number one have fun, and number two to raise some money for the school,&8221; said event chairman Rod Givens, whose son, R.J., is a fourth-grader at Trinity. &8220;Sports makes an easy sell.&8221;

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Betsy Mosby, Director of Development at Trinity Episcopal, said last year&8217;s success made another round an easy decision.

&8220;This is our second year doing this and everyone seemed to love it the first time around,&8221; she said. &8220;We figured this was a good time to do it again.&8221;

Games began at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and were not expected to be completed until well into the night.

Mosby said Givens did a good job organizing and promoting the tournament.

&8220;Rod has been great as chairman,&8221; Mosby said. &8220;He&8217;s playing on one team and coaching on another.&8221;

As for Givens&8217; performance on the field, he said he had had mixed results through mid-afternoon.

&8220;So far, we&8217;re 1-0,&8221; he said, referring to the team he was playing for. &8220;We&8217;re going to be playing one of the best teams here next, so we&8217;ll just have to wait and see on that.&8221;

Givens was also coaching one of the women&8217;s teams, and he said they learned quite a bit about football in a short time.

&8220;A lot of them are mothers, and they&8217;re having a bunch of fun,&8221; he said. &8220;They&8217;ve learned something about what their kids are doing out here. A couple of them have seen it&8217;s not all that easy to run 30 or 40 yards and catch a pass.&8221;