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NDC Supports Meadows Turkey Bowl

On Thanksgiving morning, while most of us are sipping our first cup of coffee in our warm homes, 50 guys in Medina will be gathering in Mike and Connie Meadows backyard at 3075 Hood Road preparing for an 8 a.m. kickoff in what has become a long-standing holiday tradition. The Highland High School Marching Band will be present, as will an assortment of players’ children and wives as the 22nd annual Meadows Turkey Bowl begins.

Notre Dame College is a corporate sponsor of the event and provides jerseys for the teams, and the players will enter the field through the College’s Falcon tunnel.

Dave Armstrong and Mike Meadows discuss the 2011 Meadows Turkey Bowl

When the whistle blows and battle ensues, this rugged game of 6-on-6, two-hand touch football will be filled with many plays worthy of the highlight reel...and many not so worthy. With the band playing fight songs, an announcer doing play-by-play and a trophy worthy of the Ryder Cup at stake, this is quite a backyard football game. But there is a lot more going on at this game than meets the eye.

The game that traces its lineage back to 1989 is now the backdrop for the single largest fund-raising event in Medina County with all proceeds benefitting the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Last year, the Meadows Turkey Bowl delivered more than $90,000 to St. Vincent DePaul, which in turn helped feed, clothe and heat the needy of Medina County.   

The money is raised by these 50 guys telling their compelling story to business owners, neighbors, family and friends looking for their sponsorship and support.  This year corporate sponsors like Hyde Park Steakhouse, the Cleveland Indians and Weymouth Golf Club in Medina have all pledged to give back to anyone that donates at least $50 to this event.

To learn more about this great charity event, see photos and videos from the event or make a donation, please visit www.meadowsturkeybowl.com.