Sammy Baugh Classic begins at Mustang Bowl

This year’s Sammy Baugh Classic began yesterday, Thursday, Aug. 30, as the Roscoe Plowboys challenged the DeLeon Bearcats. The Plowboys were defeated 38-6 at the game.Sweetwater’s Mighty Mustangs will host the Eastland Mavericks in the Classic’s matchup under the famed Friday night lights on Aug. 31. The Sammy Baugh Classic wraps concludes with a double-header featuring Roby’s Lions and the Hornets from (Mertzon) Irion County in the afternoon game. Saturday night the Sammy Baugh Classic pits West Texas versus East Texas as El Paso Del Valle’s Conquistadors face off with a perennial power from the metroplex in Fort Worth Everman’s Bulldogs.The 2012 Sammy Baugh Classic, sponsored by Family RV Center and First Financial Bank, introduced a new contribution to success. The Sammy Baugh Classic is helping to raise money for children of the Texas Midwest in need of medical treatment. The Sammy Baugh Classic Organizing Committee, a branch of the Sweetwater Chamber of Commerce, has joined a winning partnership with Sweetwater Independent School District, the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club and the Children’s Miracle Network. This is an effort devoted to the children in our region of Texas receiving care at Hendrick Medical Center’s new Children’s Hospital. As part of Hendrick Medical Center’s Project 2010, the hospital complex grew to better serve patients the region. Part of that new growth at the medical center included expansions to the Children’s Hospital making it the only children’s hospital between Fort Worth and Lubbock capable of meeting the unique needs of treatment for children. In 2009 the Hendrick Children’s Hospital received 29,104 visits from the children of 19 area counties. 2,292 of those visits were inpatient care for the children.In last night's game of the Sammy Baugh Classic, Mitch Moore, incoming Kiwanis Club President, introduced his nephew, six-year-old Zachary Hollis, who has cerebral palsy and a heart murmur. "He is an example of the children that are helped by Hendrick Children’s Hospital."Regional Kiwanis Clubs pledged to donate $50,000 to the cause and the Sweetwater Kiwanis Club is helping to raise some of that money. Throughout the game, volunteers walk in the stands with "helping cans" for people to donate to the cause. "We were very impressed with the communities of Roscoe and DeLeon last night and how much they gave to the cause," said Moore.The special presentation with Zachary Hollis will be made at tonight's game as well as a Saturday game at the Sammy Baugh Classic with helping cans going around the stands.