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Gridiron Club hosting pancake breakfast fundraiser for SHS football program

The Gridiron Club is hosting a Flap Jack Fundraiser Saturday morning at Applebee’s in Shelbyville.

The fundraiser runs from 8 to 10 a.m. with last serving at Applebee’s, 101 Lee Boulevard, at 9:30 a.m.

Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the door. Breakfast includes three pancakes, three pieces of bacon, breakfast potatoes and a drink.

Shelbyville High School football players will be serving the breakfast orders. For every ticket sold, $15 goes directly to the Gridiron Club, which is operated by parents of Shelbyville football players.

The Gridiron Club was created in 2021 by Shelbyville High School football coach Brian Glesing. The club meets monthly all year round.

The purpose of the Gridiron Club is to provide Thursday night team dinners, sack lunches for away games, senior banners, team yard cards and an end of the year banquet for the football program.

The Gridiron Club also pays one youth’s fee to participate in the local football league and assists Glesing with a youth football camp and T-shirt giveaways.

The Gridiron Club depends on the support of the community including local restaurants Applebee’s, Pudder’s, Cagney’s Pizza King, Walker Place, Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders and Grandma’s Pancake House to donate food for Thursday night dinners.

Applebee’s has purchased a break-a-way banner for the players to run through on game nights this season at McKeand Stadium.



Melvin Pierce (photo above) recently provided food for the football program’s first annual Season Kickoff Tailgate Party and he has agreed to feed the team before its first postseason game this year.

Long’s Furniture has assisted the Gridiron Club with making player yard cards for display.

The Shelbyville High School Athletic Boosters will grill hamburger and hot dogs for the team for its first Thursday night meal next week ahead of the preseason jamboree in Madison.

The Sports Locker Room in Shelbyville also works with the Gridiron Club for apparel sales.

The club will hold a basket raffle at Shelbyville’s first home game on Aug. 19. There will be six baskets available with items such as SHS apparel and a variety of gift certificates.

The Golden Bears host Greensburg on Aug. 19. Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at McKeand Stadium.