DOVER-FOXCROFT – We’re just days away from the 28th annual Lobster Bowl, this week the senior all-stars converged on Foxcroft Academy for training camp before heading down to Saco for Saturday’s game. However, one player in particular has been making his impact for months.
Thorndike native Colby Furrow set a new record for fundraising this year. The Mt. View wide receiver raised around $11,600 in the months leading up to the event.
Players, coaches, and cheerleaders were to raise a minimum of $500 for Shrine Hospitals, but Furrow looked well beyond that mark. The previous record was held by Furrow’s Mt. View teammate Tyler Ripley, who raised over $8,000 last summer.
“That was the record last year, so my family all sat down when I was selected and said ‘we’re going to beat Tyler.'”
Furrow said he managed the feat by hosting a three-on-three basketball tournament, as well as a flag football event. He also led a community-wide bottle collection campaign.
“We made $6,000 in just bottles,” he said. “People would come to my house to drop them off. A kid was collecting bottles for a birthday party, and he said he’d rather just give them to me to raise money [for my cause], and that was really emotional and made me more dedicated to this.”
By the time he got to training camp in Dover-Foxcroft, word had already spread among Furrow’s Lobster Bowl peers.
“I had a facebook page that I would just broadcast how much money I had been raising along the way,” he said. “Some players I didn’t know saw the page and how much money I raised. They congratulated me and it was pretty cool.”
Furrow is set to attend Maine Maritime Academy in the coming school year. He was planning to play basketball before the coaching change in Castine, but that decision to play is not yet final..