TAMPA – The struggles of the Leto athletic program have been well-documented, but will get a helping hand when the Ram Truck brand holds a fundraiser at its homecoming game.
The Falcons haven’t won a football game in nearly five years, normally playing before a running clock in the second half. The track team is perennially a stellar program, but the rest of the teams have struggled despite students who return year after year wanting to be part of the team that turned this around.
It’s a tough task. Leto is in a district that is one of the best in West Central Florida, which means the school plays a mostly brutal schedule, especially in football. But Leto has never given up.
With the growing decline in funding for high school sports, a problem that is threatening the continuation of high school football at some schools, Leto isn’t ready to give up.
The Ram Truck brand has stepped in to support local communities where it does business. The Ram Gridiron Challenge will be held Oct. 18 at the homecoming game against Middleton High. The Ram brand will donate $20 to the football program for each test drive of the new Ram 1500 between 4 and 8 p.m. Other trucks will be available also.
“Together with Jerry Ulm Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, we are challenging our fans to help us raise up to $5,000 in one day,” said Sean Hensley assistant principal on the dealership’s Facebook page. “This is a great opportunity for our fans to lend their support without ever having to reach into their own pockets.”