Hamilton flag football game Saturday will raise money for Halloween costumes

A Hamilton native is hosting a flag football event Saturday that will benefit children who need Halloween costumes. These pumpkins were spotted last year in a Hamilton storefront. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF
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A Hamilton native is hosting a flag football event Saturday that will benefit children who need Halloween costumes. These pumpkins were spotted last year in a Hamilton storefront. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Activities for children, split-the-pot raffle also part of the event at Joyce Park.

A charity flag football game will be played on Saturday with other fun for the kids at 3 p.m. at Joyce Park. People are asked to bring child-sized Halloween costumes.

The event, organized by Hamilton native Robert Wolfram, now living in Dayton, and Hamilton resident Robert Maydun, was created to provide Halloween outfits for those who can’t afford them.

The game will feature eight adult players on the field from each team at once. Those teams already have been selected.

“We are going to have activities for the children,” said Wolfram, a 2005 Hamilton High School graduate. There will be free food, drinks, candy, music and face-painting. “We’re trying to put on a nice family event for the community.”

The event, which will last until 6 p.m., will be at a field near the end of Joe Nuxhall Way, close to the Great Miami River.

“We urge people to bring a children’s sized Halloween costume to donate,” Wolfram said. “It’s not mandatory, but if they want to donate to the cause, they can bring costumes.”

There also will be a split-the-pot raffle to raise money, “but the food and the drinks and candy and face-painting, all the activities for the children, will be free,” he said.

“I reached out to Pastor Shaq (The Rev. Shaquila Mathews) of HYPE (Hamilton Young People Empowered) Hamilton to see if she wanted to get involved,” Wolfram said. “I’m organizing the event. She gave us the OK to solicit donations on behalf of her nonprofit.”

Mathews said she appreciated the effort: “When he reached out about partnering, I said, ‘Some parents may not have the resources to be able to get their kids costumes,’ and I thought, this is something we can help with, and help get families out for an afternoon out.”

“This is a way to be a resource,” she said.

Money and costumes will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hamilton and HYPE on Monday. Wolfram and Maydun both create online content. Wolfram hosts a YouTube livestream dedicated to helping independent musicians. He says he has reviewed and advised over 2,000 artists since April of 2021. People with questions about donating or sponsoring the event can call Wolfram at 937-980-4053 or can go to crockpotcartel.com or hypehamilton.org.

The law firm of Kruger and Hodges is a sponsor.

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