Scrabble players wanted for Milford tournament

MILFORD – Scrabble, the most popular word game ever invented, is coming to Milford in a big way.

On Sunday, March 15, dozens of teams will gather at Milford High School for the Milford Community Scrabble Scrambler, organized by the Milford Lions Club.

The event is the brainchild of Donald Jalbert, the director of technical studies at Milford High School. Jalbert came here from Maine, and the event is modeled on a benefit his Maine Lions club put on.

The Lions is a community service organization, and the Scrabble event is tied to its campaign to increase literacy around the world.

Plus, the Lions International’s new president has urged the clubs to partner better with other community organizations, Jalbert said.

So, the Scrabble Scrambler will benefit local literacy activities, and Jalbert enlisted help from the Wadleigh Memorial Library and the Milford schools’ library/media departments. To recruit teams, he has been visiting groups like the Chamber of Commerce and soliciting prizes from local businesses.

The event will take place from 1-4 p.m. in the high school cafeteria, and a maximum of 40 teams will play, with four players on each team. Each team will have a single rack of letters, and play four 30-minute games, and at the end of the day there will be a grand champion, door prizes and a concession stand.

There will also be a prize for the team that raises the most money, and a championship trophy will go to the team that scores the most combined points in their four games.

Additionally, the event will recognize the team (not the championship team) that achieves the highest single game score and the team (again, not the championship team and not the team that scores the highest single game score) that plays the highest scoring single word.

The registration deadline is March 8, and teams are asked to bring in $100 worth of pledges.

“If there are only three players on a team, we will not turn them away,” Jalbert said.

Members of the fire, police and ambulance departments want to play each other, he said, and other Lions clubs are invited.

Word is spreading fast on social media, and Jalbert heard from people in Nova Scotia who wanted more information.

The Lions are working with the Hasbro Inc., the owner of the Scrabble trademark, and received a substantial discount on 20 boards.

Registration packets are available by contacting Don Jalbert, Lions RAP Committee Chair at 673-4201 ex. 3441.

Anyone who is not able to play but would like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made to: Milford Lion’s Charities (“RAP” in the memo line) P.O. Box 274, Milford, NH 03055-0274

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or