Editorial: Kickstart football season -- and support a worthy cause -- at the Family Frameworks Ultimate Tailgate

August means that football is upon us.

The local high school games that count don't start until Aug. 23, the college football season doesn't begin in earnest until Aug. 31 and the NFL doesn't kick off for real until next month. But for those of us who have football fever, there is a temporary cure.

On Saturday, the Family Frameworks Ultimate Tailgate takes place at the Dalton Golf & Country Club. Dinner is at 6 p.m. This year's guest speaker is a familiar face to many area football fans — Ricky Lake, who starred at Dalton then played collegiately at the University of Georgia as a running back and linebacker. After his time in Athens, Lake played for the NFL’s New England Patriots and the now-defunct World Football League’s Jacksonville Sharks.

Lake was a member of Dalton's 1967 state AA championship football team that beat Carver High School 14-12. To date, it's the only state football title Dalton's storied program has ever won.

Family Frameworks aims to help lower the area's divorce, teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates. Simply put, the Dalton-based nonprofit's goal is to build healthy relationships.

Its mission, according to the group's website is: “Family Frameworks believes that when the inherent potential of the individual is more fully realized and when relationships with others are more highly valued, then marriages, families and communities become stronger, communities become better and the lives of all people are improved.”

The event, now in its 13th year, has traditionally been a fun way to whet our appetites for football season — all while helping a worthy cause.

For more information on the event, go to familyframeworks.us.

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