Malzahn-autographed football being raffled off

Jet Pep in Fultondale is selling chances to win a football signed by Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn. Randal Smith of Jet Pep is shown next to Malzahn — a cardboard cutout, not the real coach — at the store. 

A Fultondale business is raffling off a signed Auburn football in order to raise money for a local charity.

Patt Smith, owner of Jet Pep in Fultondale, wants to support the Miracle League in Gardendale. Miracle League fields offer a place for people with special needs to play baseball.

“I loved Raymond Doss,” said Smith. “I thought he was one of the best men I’ve ever come into contact with in my life. His whole family is so giving of themselves.”

Doss played a key role in building the Miracle League field in Gardendale. The project was close to Doss’ heart because he has a granddaughter with Down syndrome.

“I have a heart for special needs people too,” said Smith, who said she supports projects at her church for people with special needs. “Miracle League is the best thing I can think of to give to.”

Smith, her husband Wayne and son Randal each received a football signed by Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn when the Birmingham Coca-Cola Bottling Company gave them passes to meet the coach recently.

“We don’t need all those footballs,” Patt Smith said. “We want to give one away and get people to make a contributions, and all of the money goes to the Miracle League.”

For $5, individuals can enter a drawing to win the football. They can enter the contest at Jet Pep in Fultondale, at the corner of Decatur Highway and Walker Chapel Road, or at Jeff Dennis Jewelers at 300 Fieldstown Road in Gardendale. Dennis is also a major supporter of Miracle League.

The deadline to enter the drawing is Nov. 29 before noon; the day of the Iron Bowl. The drawing will be at noon.

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