Carmel Football Alumni Club to honor late coach, fund scholarships
By Renee Larr
The Carmel Football Alumni Club will host several events Sept. 30 to honor late coach Jim Belden and raise scholarship funds for Carmel High School players.
A shotgun classic will kick off the day at 1 p.m. at Indiana Gun Club in Fishers.
“It’s $65 per person, which includes a shotgun and ammunition. This will be a competitive event, as we’re all competitors as ex-football guys. Bob Self, who is a world sporting clay champion, will be at the event,” said Jon Bruner, former CHS football player and president of the Carmel Football Alumni Club.
The classic will be followed by a dinner at Carmel Football Stadium at 6 p.m. honoring Belden, an Indiana Football Hall of Fame member and coach of the 1986 CHS state championship team.
Belden died earlier this year. He served as a Hamilton County councilor and won four state championships at CHS.
“He was very important in Carmel football history. He’s one of eight Carmel coaches that are in the Indiana Football Hall of Fame,” Bruner said.
The money raised by the events will go to the CFAC scholarship. The nonprofit organization hopes the event will become an annual fundraiser.
“We put out two $2,000 scholarships per year. We do not pick the player, but we have the Carmel Clay Educational Foundation choose. They have a selection process that they do. It goes for the kids to go to college,” said Terry Prather, founding member of CFAC.
The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and costs $4 per person.
“Former players as well as fans are welcome to attend the dinner. There will be parking on the north side of the stadium and people just need to look for the CFAC tent,” Bruner said.
Belden’s legacy will live on through former players.
“I started out my career at Carmel and played collegiately and spent a few years in the NFL, and I attribute a big piece of that to coach Belden and his staff,” Bruner said. “All of them, and particularly coach Belden, was a huge mentor to me personally.”
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