The Altus Rotary Club is excited about a new event they are bringing to Altus on Saturday, April 2. Their first annual Bubble Soccer Tournament will start at 10 a.m. on the Western Oklahoma State College campus.
Bubble Soccer is just like full contact soccer, except everyone on the team wears a large plastic bubble uniform. When the action begins look for hilarious results as players will topple and roll around the field.
Altus Rotary, a solid group of 75 active members, is an international service club whose motto is “service above self.” Rotarians meet every Tuesday at noon at the Western Oklahoma State College in the multi-purpose center.
Money raised from the tournament will help fund Altus High School student scholarships. Every year they give up to $4,500 in scholarships.
Rotary member Mary Beth Dobson said they already has five registered and paid teams that will be participating. They are Jimbo’s, the WOSC Nursing Club students, Altus High School students, NBC, and Frazier Bank. The $200 fee is for five to six person teams. Anyone 15 or older can compete in the bubble soccer tournament. Each participant also receives a T-shirt, and each winner gets a trophy.
The soccer tournament is one of the first external fundraisers the Rotarians have done in many years. Rotarians pay membership fees, and utilize the funds to underwrite and sponsor many local and international projects.
Member Allen Sassee said the Rotary Club in the past has purchased the Crossing of the Red statue on the courthouse square, and are responsible for the maintenance. The Crossing project was spearheaded by Rotarians Dennis Vernon and Ken Ferguson. The Rotarians are also Miss Altus contestant sponsors, participate in Relay for Life, donate to the Altus High School Band, Eagle Scouts, and the Great Plains Literacy Council. Ongoing financial support is also given to help eradicate polio throughout the world.
Two International projects the Altus group have supported are the Uganda Motorcycle and Honduras Water project. Rotarians purchased a motorcycle to help deliver medical supplies to patients, and continue to pay for the motorcycles fuel. In Honduras, they purchased water and paid for installing the filters.
Two opportunities to help students become involved in their communities, learn stewardship, and lay the foundation to become Rotarians include Interact Rotarians for Altus High School students, and Rotaract Rotarians for Western Oklahoma State College students.
The Rotary Club reminds everyone to take their lawn chairs to the Bubble Tournament. A concession stand will be available. Trophies will be awarded at 3 p.m. In case of bad weather the event will take place in the WOSC gym.
Call Dobbs at 580-318-6279 to register or for more information about the event or Rotary. You can also visit altusrotary.org. Deadline to register your team is March 21.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221, ext.2077