As we make our way through the early days of summer, many of us will be making plans to spend quality time on the links. Shortridge High School is providing a great opportunity to get out on the green and contribute to a great program with its inaugural Shortridge Scramble.

On Saturday, June 9, the International Baccalaureate high school’s Athletics Booster Club will host the benefit golf outing at Riverside Golf Course. Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. Teams begin teeing off at 9 a.m. Proceeds will be used to improve the school’s athletics department.

The booster club was formed two years ago by Shortridge parents who were looking to help students receive a rewarding athletic experience.

Rhett Perkins, booster club president, is looking forward to kicking off this event in hopes of making it an annual occurrence that benefits the Blue Devils program.

“Our biggest hope is that we can supplement the costs of athletics to help our IPS students have a level playing field when compared with some of the other schools that have newer facilities,” said Perkins. “I feel like our students deserve top-notch athletics facilities, so we want to do our part to help make that happen.”

Prior to the golf outing, the Athletics Booster Club has raised money for the program through efforts such as working at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and selling ads. Money raised from these endeavors resulted in an indoor batting cage for the Shortidge baseball team, allowing them to get in extra practice time no matter the weather conditions.

During the Shortridge Scramble, prizes will be given out to participants — including gift cards to local restaurants and stores, as well as cash. The golf outing is open to everyone, and will feature Shortridge staff, coaches, parents, alumni and community members.