DILLON — For many student-athletes, juggling school, practices and community obligations can take away time to cook and eat good meals. Longtime Montana Western supporters Engine 18 decided once again to step up to the plate for the welfare of Bulldog student-athletes.
“We got it processed, grounded it all into hamburgers and then got a hold of the coaches and got the news out to the athletes," said Engine 18 member Mark Simkins.
Word of the donated meat spread like wildfire and, in particular, with the football team. Despite the fact they can’t work out as a team during what should be their spring season, the players were just truly excited to see that someone was looking out for them.
“They’re very excited. Every time they show up they’re just grateful to have anything we can get them," said Engine 18's Trina McCullough. "And I think it really helps them.”
Like many around the Treasure State, Engine 18 took a hard hit when it had to cancel its March Madness Calcutta, which provided a major source of fundraising for the organization. But the energy they create putting on their pregame tailgates will drive life back into Bulldog fans near and far.
“We have a lot of fun when we put on game day," Simkins said. "Sometimes it starts the night before when we put the pig on and get things rolling.”
“It’s really an awesome feeling for all of us because we’re proud of that truck and it makes a big statement to have that there," added McCullough
“Being able to support Bulldog athletics, well, it’s an honor," said Simkins.