Members of the Brownwood Lions Booster Club are asking the community for donations to help replace the inflatable football helmet through which the team takes the field during away games.   

The helmet has developed an interior aneurism, which narrowed the passage and ultimately forced football players to crawl through it. The Booster Club is seeking 25 donors to contribute $500 to purchase a new inflatable.   

Tim Jacobs of the Jacobs Family Pharmacy is leading the fundraiser along with Ryan Reagan. The men help transport and inflate the football helmet at Lions away games each fall.    

“Last year it was declining, and had some color issues where the white was getting mold on it,” Jacobs said. “It had an aneurism on the inside, but as this past season went on it got to where, at the last playoff game, the players could not even walk through it without getting down on their knees.”   

Jacobs said it’s time to put in an order for the fall. The Booster Club emailed community members with different replacement options, and the group ultimately decided on a maroon and white Texas-shaped inflatable adorned with the Lions logo and seven stars.   

To make a donation, interested locals can call the Jacobs Family Pharmacy at 325-646-1100 or contact Jacobs directly at 325-647-7093. They can also email jtjacobs6@msn.com, jacobsfamilypharmacy@gmail.com or reaganboys3@gmail.com.   

Jacobs said checks should be made out to the Brownwood Booster Club.   

Donors will receive recognition on the new Gordon Wood Stadium scoreboard, and those who contribute less than $500 will be acknowledged on a banner that travels with the inflatable. Donations of all sizes are encouraged.   

“We think our team is pretty special, so we wanted to put something on the field that made them feel pretty special,” Jacobs said. “When they run out of our inflatable, we want them to be ready to roll and ready to conquer the other team. We didn’t want them to have to crawl through a moldy inflatable to get on the field.”   

The Lions’ season begins away at Canyon on Sept. 1.