Tri-County Athletic Association speaks at latest Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce meeting
CHIEFLAND — On Friday, the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce held its general membership meeting for the month at the Gathering Table Restaurant.
Members came together to enjoy some comfort food as well as network with each other. Additionally, like past meetings, there was also an opportunity for folks to hear from a guest speaker.
Victoria Larkin, who is the co-founder and president of TCAC (Tri-County Athletic Association), was the guest speaker at this month’s meeting. The TCAC was also the sponsor, as well.
As Larkin made her way up to the podium situated in the corner of the room, she introduced herself and began talking about the TCAC. Larkin said the TCAC is a sports organization that offers soccer, football, basketball and cheer. But the TCAC doesn’t just stop there. It also provides tutoring, mentoring and holds community events, too.
The idea to start the TCAC had to do with a desire to keep children in the community entertained and involved. Larkin said she likes the fact that the sports offered by the TCAC draw kids into the organization because it allows herself and others to focus on mentoring the children, the main reason for why the TCAC was started.
There are 350 kids who are a part of the TCAC at this time. Of that, 80 percent come from low-income households. And while it is an organization, Larkin said it is more than just that.
“We are a family,” she said.
Larkin said the TCAC was setup as a nonprofit 501(c)(3) in February of 2021. Right now, the organization does everything out of Eddie Buie Park in Chiefland and is always seeking assistance in regards to volunteers as well as sponsors.
According to Jennifer Gonzales, TCAC event coordinator, the organization is currently looking for volunteers who would like to coach as well as cheerleaders and football players between the ages of 6-16. Every person that interacts with the kids must complete a background check.
With the start of school getting closer, one of the next events TCAC will be putting on is a Glow Up Back-to-School Dance Party. According to Gonzales, everyone in the community is welcome to attend. There will be a D.J., food vendors, temporary tattoos, bubble machine and plenty of games.
Additionally, Gonzales said in a phone interview that there will also be a costume contest for the best ‘80s and ‘90s attire and prizes for both winners. The only costs for those in attendance is food and glow-in-the-dark accessories. The dance will be held on Aug. 12 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Tommy Usher Center in Chiefland.
Gonzales said people who are interested in volunteering with the TCAC or have ideas for events can contact her at 386-523-8291.
After Larkin was finished speaking and answering a few questions, members had the chance to introduce themselves and provide any news relating to their businesses. Additionally, the winner of the drawing at this month’s meeting was Laura Shultz of Dixie Fixins.
A few minutes were also allotted for announcements. The Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Awards Banquet will be held Sept. 22 at the College of Central Florida, Jack Wilkinson Levy Campus. The theme is “Roaring 20s.”
The chamber is set to meet again on Aug. 26.