Steamboat Springs For Steamboat Springs High School's 12 sports not funded by the school district, the Booster Club provides invaluable help.
The parent-run organization's fundraising events help the high school and middle school pay for uniforms, gear, traveling expenses and coaches fees for activities and athletics.
"Our board meets next week to decide the funds that each sport will get from the year's events, with the majority going to the nonfunded, tier-two sports," Steamboat Springs Booster Club president Debbie Aragon said. "If we can give a couple thousand to each sport, maybe that means paying an assistant coach or fixing a safety concern, like a batting cage for the baseball team."
"We'd be hit dramatically hard without the support of the Booster Club. They're critical," high school athletics and activities director Richard Lee said.
One of the club's biggest fundraising efforts of the year, the 14th annual Sheraton Steamboat Booster Club Golf Tournament, is May 23 at the Sheraton Steamboat Golf Course.
The tournament begins with a 12:30 p.m. shotgun start, after an 11:15 a.m. putting contest and lunch. The tournament, which Lee called a "huge deal," features teams of three students matched with an adult assigned by the Booster Club Committee.
The first 60 student golfers who qualify by raising at least $80 in pledge money will get to play -- and will get the day off from school.
For $125, businesses can sponsor a hole with their names displayed on signs, or they can sponsor a team by sending an adult golfer to round out the student teams.
"It's our biggest event of the spring, and it's a lot of fun," Aragon said. "Lots of businesses sponsor teams and donate prizes for the tournament. Getting to play with high school and middle school kids, they really get to associate with the youth."
Registration forms are available at Steamboat Springs middle and high schools. They are due with pledges by 3 p.m. Thursday. Anyone interested in sponsoring a team can call Kate Parke at Steamboat Springs High School at 871-3687.
With parents and students footing most of the bill for non-district-funded sports, Parke and Aragon stressed the need for more parents to get involved and support the Booster Club's fundraising efforts. Parents interested in joining the Booster Club can call Debbie Aragon at 879-1756.
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