Gators gearing up for annual Charity Challenge
The Florida football team will host its fourth-annual Gator Charity Challenge this Friday, July 29, at 7 p.m. at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The event is free and open to the public, weather permitting.
Unlike in previous years, all players will be competing for one charity this year - The Gainesville-area chapter of The Salvation Army. Fans are asked to bring items to the event to donate to The Salvation Army. All items donated at the Gator Charity Challenge will be distributed by The Salvation Army throughout Alachua County. Among the items of critical need are: hygiene items (soap, toothpaste, etc.); diapers and baby wipes; canned meats (corn beef, chicken, etc.); female hygiene products; rice and beans; noodles (such as Ramen noodles or dry spaghetti); disposable razors (men’s); peanut butter and jelly and spaghetti sauce.
The event features members of the team competing in a series of strength and speed drills, and among the events are the sled push, torpedo hold and tug-of-war competition.
The team will be comprised of six squads, drafted by the players. The six teams this year are each led by multiple captains:
Team Takeover: Andre Debose, Shariff Floyd, Xavier Nixon, Deonte Thompson
Trend Setters: John Brantley, Jeremy Brown, Quinton Dunbar, Dominique Easley
Against All Odds: Jeff Demps, Jon Halapio, Ronald Powell, Jordan Reed
Team BEDICK: Jon Bostic, Omarius Hines, Omar Hunter, Matt Patchan
Team Pandemonium: Matt Elam, Will Green, Lerentee McCray, Chris Rainey
Go Gettas: Trey Burton, Frankie Hammond, Jon Harrison, Jaye Howard, Jelani Jenkins
Gates 2 and 3 on the west concourse of Ben Hill Griffin Stadium will be open for public entrance to the event at 6:30 p.m. Friday.