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Monday, April 16, 2012

Super Coop Golf Scramble to raise money for Cooper Doucette this summer

HOLLIS – Local golfers can join the fundraising effort this summer for Nashua student Cooper Doucette, as several community members have organized a charity golf tournament to help pay for Doucette’s ongoing medical costs.

The Super Coop Golf Scramble will be at The Overlook Golf Club in Hollis on Wednesday, June 20, at 8 a.m.

Doucette, who was paralyzed during football practice in August 2010, still has no feeling below his waist but is making great progress at Journey Forward, a spinal-cord treatment center in Massachusetts. However, the visits are not covered by insurance.

Ray Keefe, of Hollis, has led several efforts to raise money for Doucette and said Cooper’s father, Bill, talks about how much Journey Forward matters to Cooper. Doucette said Cooper even pushed off with his legs at the center last month, and although he couldn’t feel it, a therapist said Cooper did it on his own.

Also, Keefe said the golf tournament will raise money to help pay for a van that Cooper could drive on his own and give him more independence.

The price is $125 for each golfer to play in the scramble, and that includes 18 holes, golf cart, gift bag, and steak-tip dinner after the round. A full foursome is not required to register for the tournament.

For nongolfers, sponsorships are welcomed as well. Prices range from $100 to $500 for sponsorships on golf carts and around the greens and tee boxes, or up to $5,000 and $10,000 for platinum and signature sponsors.

Morin’s Landscaping in Hollis has already pledged $10,000 to be a signature sponsor, Keefe said.

There will also be a raffle or silent auction, and donations of all kinds are welcome. No donation is too small, he said.

For more information about the tournament, contact North football coach Jason Robie at robiej@nashua.edu or jasonrobie3031@aol.com.

Cameron Kittle can be reached at 594-6523 or ckittle@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Kittle on Twitter (@Telegraph_CamK).