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Galesburg-Augusta High School to hold football collection drive 

Press Release: OGA10-PR-5

Posted: Saturday, September 11, 2010

Galesburg-Augusta High School in Galesburg, Michigan will hold a football collection drive in support of Operation Gridiron Airlift on Friday night, October 1st. Fans attending the game that night between the Rams and the Constantine Falcons are encouraged to bring a new or slightly used football to the game and drop it off at the collection point near the entrance to Maskell Field. Galesburg-Augusta and Constantine are both members of the Kalamazoo Valley Association (KVA) athletic conference. All footballs donated will be sent to US troops serving overseas.

About Operation Gridiron Airlift

For our troops serving overseas, the simplest gifts from home are always a welcome sight and very much appreciated. And what is more American than a football? Sometimes, just tossing a football around or organizing a friendly game while deployed overseas can be a welcome diversion, bringing a bit of home to a foreign location. That's why Operation Gridiron Airlift has been collecting new and used footballs, that are in good condition, and sending them to our troops serving overseas. 

Founded in 2008, the organizer of Operation Gridiron Airlift is retired Master Sergeant Randy Snow of Kalamazoo, Michigan. He spent 21 years serving in the Michigan Air National Guard and retired as a member of the Battle Creek ANG Base in 2002. Since 2003, he has covered the Arena Football League, arenafootball2, the Continental Indoor Football League, United Indoor Football and the Indoor Football League. He has also covered the All American Football League and the Canadian Football League. His work can be found on ArenaFan.com, OurSportsCentral.com and AmericanChronicle.com.

The list of contributors to Operation Gridiron Airlift continues to grow and includes the following;

Pro Football Leagues

  • National Football League / Detroit Lions (2008)

  • Arena Football League / Grand Rapids Rampage (2008)

  • Arena Football League / Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (2009)

  • Continental Indoor Football League / Kalamazoo Xplosion (2008)

  • Intense Football League / San Angelo Stampede Express (2008)


  • United States Air Force Academy (Mountain West Conference) (2008)

  • Western Michigan University (Mid-American Conference) (2008)

  • Central Michigan University (Mid-American Conference) (2008)

  • Michigan State University (Big Ten Conference) (2009)

  • Purdue University (Big Ten Conference) (2008)

  • Arizona State University (Pac-10 Conference) (2009)

High Schools

  • Hackett Catholic Central High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan (2009)

  • Kalamazoo Christian High School, Kalamazoo, Michigan (2009)

  • Orrville High School, Orrville, Ohio (2009)

  • Wooster High School, Wooster, Ohio (2009)


  • FlexFab LLC of Hastings, Michigan (2008/2010)

  • Private donations

For more information, or to make a donation, contact Randy at RandySnow22@yahoo.com. You will also find Operation Gridiron Airlift on Facebook and YouTube, or visit www.OperationGridironAirlift.com.