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Alumni rally to raise money for Chaparral High football program

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Justin M. Bowen

Chaparral alumni sign in during a fundraiser hosted by the school’s alumni association at Murphy’s Law Pub and Grill in Las Vegas Saturday, August 20, 2011. The money raised is to update equipment and help the new coach turn the program around.

Chaparral Fundraiser

First-year Chaparral football coach, Bill Froman, is interviewed during a fundraiser hosted by the school's alumni association at Murphy's Law Pub and Grill in Las Vegas Saturday, August 20, 2011. The money raised is to update equipment and help the new coach turn the program around. Launch slideshow »

When Chaparral High’s football coach put out the word that the program needed help, it was alumni like Casey Kupisch who answered the call.

Kupisch, a former center and linebacker for Chaparral, drove five hours from Phoenix to attend an event Saturday to raise money for helmets, pads, weight room equipment and other gear that some schools might take for granted.

“It’s a good thing that we can give back to where we came from,” said Kupisch, who graduated in 1990. “I can’t speak for anyone else, but my friendships and bonds were created by playing football.”

“I still talk to people I played football with today,” he said. “It’s good to have that experience, and it’s good to be able to contribute to help someone else have that experience.”

Kupisch was among some 100 former Chaparral High alumni, friends and family who attended the fundraiser at Murphy’s Law Pub and Grill, 1590 E. Flamingo Road.

Michelle Huskins, president of the Chaparral HS Alumni Foundation, began organizing the event three weeks ago after she received a call from first-year coach Bill Froman asking for help.

The event brought in more than $3,700.

State Sen. Mark Manendo, a 1985 graduate who played soccer at Chaparral, said he hopes to see the Cowboys football program return to its glory days of the 1980s and early 1990s.

“Chaparral might not be the Chaparral that you remember,” said Manendo, one of the founding members of the alumni association. “So we need to try to bring it back to those standards and those resources that we had.”

Froman, meanwhile, said he was “totally blown away with the amount of alumni that have come out of the woodwork to help...Anyone in this economy that’s taken a minute out of his or her day to swing by and spend a buck to help somebody else out is a pretty good thing.”

Jeff Urbanski, general manager of Murphy’s Law and a 1991 Chaparral graduate, said he was happy to serve as a host for the fundraiser.

“We’re just doing our part for the community to try to give back and help out as best we can,” he said.

Donations can still be mailed to the association at: Chaparral HS Alumni Foundation, 4840 E. Powell Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89121. Checks should be made payable to Chaparral High School with football fundraiser in the memo section. A receipt will be mailed back.

For more information, contact Huskins at 702-454-5892.

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  1. Repost: It would be great if we could get some of the old team members together for one last Alumni game in December that's sponsored by AlumniFootballUSA. They give money to the schools to help out. I was on the team when we went to state in 92. Now we have a chance to get back on the field for one full contact game and raise some money and recongnition for Chap. Come on you alumni out there sign up so we can play and truly support Chaps football program. I'm willing to put my body on the line for it... how about you??? I'm the 9th player to signup, we need 31. Spread the word! Their contact is Wendi Montez @ (702)339-2944. Good 'ol Times!!! :D