Karlaftis, legacy of Tyler Trent provide opportunity to support Tiller Chapter of the National Football Foundation at upcoming events.


Jun 18, 2003
West Lafayette


Golfers! Please add Sept. 9 to your calendar and plan to help make our second year of involvement with the Tyler Trent Golf Outing a great success.
After several years of the Ryan Kerrigan/12th Boiler Golf Outing as a combined effort between the NFF Tiller Chapter and Purdue’s Trademarks Licensing Office, this chapter came to an agreement with the Tyler Trent Family and Purdue’s Center for Cancer Research with help from the Purdue For Life Office and Boilers, Inc.
The outing will be an 18-hole scramble at Coyote Crossing Golf Club near West Lafayette. Lunch will be provided on the course and a reception will follow.
Capitalizing on terrific cooperation and involvement last September from former Purdue and NFL quarterback Jim Everett, the golf tournament organizers have invited another former Purdue and NFL quarterback, Kyle Orton, to serve as a host “celebrity” for this year’s event.
Orton will be in West Lafayette to be inducted into the Indiana Football Hall of Fame at Bruno’s Swiss Inn that Friday evening and play in the golf outing. Primarily, the golf event will raise cancer research funds and honor the legacy of Purdue “super-fan” Tyler Trent. He passed away in early 2019 after a news-making battle with osteosarcoma cancer.
Last year, with 64 golfers and 13 sponsors, our first year of hosting this event netted $12,000 for cancer research, thanks to $6,000 profit from the golf outing and a matching-gift program at the PCCR.
The cost of participation in this September’s event will be the same as the year, $600 per foursome or $150 per player ($75 per student), and includes a long sleeve, quarter-zip shirt, box lunch, golf cart, balls and 18 holes of golf. To register, contact Jim Vruggink (765-427-3303) for more information.


The Tiller Chapter has a block of tickets for the anticipated sold-out Kansas City-Indianapolis NFL football game on Sept. 25 … and the sale is underway.
The Chiefs-Colts game will mark the first “return home“ for former Purdue All-America defensive end George Karlaftis, who was the first-round draft choice of the Chiefs this spring.
The chapter is organizing a bus trip for fans at the cost of $350 per person, with the price covering the transportation, a box lunch, a ticket for the game, a souvenir shirt and a “Meet & Greet” opportunity with George after the game.
A ticket-only option is available for $250 per person. These tickets are for seats in the upper deck, between the 10 and 20-yard lines in section 637 on the east side of Lucas Oil Stadium, near the bus parking lot.
Single tickets in that area are currently selling on StubHub and Vivid Seats for $200+ and the prices are going up. The chapter will accept ticket order requests at these prices ($350 each, including transportation and parking; $250 each for tickets only) until Aug. 25, when the prices will be adjusted based on the going rate.
This project will serve as a fund-raising effort for the Tiller Scholarship Endowment to assure the chapter’s scholarship commitment remains intact to help area youth in their first year of college. If successful, the bus trip concept could be repeated later in the fall for the Purdue-Indiana “Bucket Game” in Bloomington, if tickets are available. Interested parties should use the order form on the next page and submit it before Aug. 25. For additional information, contact Jim Vruggink at jvruggink@purdue.edu or 765-427-3303.

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