Booster Club: It’s not just for parents

By BOBBY "BUTCH" BURNEY | News-Telegram Sports Editor

Aug. 24, 2007 - All you Wildcat fans, you need to brush up on your "coach speak." You'll need it Monday night.

You know "coach speak." It's the cliches used in the sports world like, "We're going to play one game at a time," and "They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like we do."

Monday, at the initial meeting of this year's Booster Club, officers Stacy Cody and Tory Humphries will host a contest to see who can best imitate a coach's speech. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at the NetData offices on the north side of Interstate 30.

After the meeting gets going, a handful of current Wildcat football players will give their imitations of the coach of their choice on the current staff.

It should be a fun way to start off the year for the Booster Club, which is not just for parents anymore. That's the message that the club's officers are trying to get across to community members and former Wildcats.

Not that the Booster Club was ever strictly for parents of current players, but that is overwhelmingly who has involved. The club has had a strong presence since it was resurrected several years ago, and the current officers are trying to build on the solid membership base that has been created.

And they're not above some humorous antics to do it.

"The gist is to encourage more people to come to a meeting," said Cody. "It's going to be fun, not just watching film. There's room in there to show some film, but we won't be watching the entire game.

"We don't want just parents there. Of course, we want all parents, involved, but we also want some former Wildcats involved, those inducted in the Hall of Honor and those who played here in the '70s and '80s. We want to tell stories of Wildcat athletic history and enjoy the fellowship."

Humphries said in the process, they want to make sure all sports are represented. SSHS has 15 varsity sports with more than 400 students involved.

"I think we're trying to make sure all the sports are represented," Humphries said. "We'd like for the girls programs and the other men's sports to be represented. Greg (Owens) is such a positive role model that I'd like to play on that and get the community involved. We want to show the kids that the community backs them."

The Booster Club will meet every Monday at 6:30 p.m. at NetData.

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