Booster Club helps Union Athletes


By BRIAN WHITMORE Sports Editor Union Daily Times
Posted August 2002

The Union Yellow Jackets Booster Club was just as successful as the school's athletic teams in 2001. The club raised just shy of $100,000 and 85 percent of that money helped fund the Union High School athletic program.

"This is the main revenue generator for Union athletics," said club president Brenda Lawson. "We want to thank all the fans for their support." The club also offers a scholarship program which will increase from $500 to $1,000 this year and be renamed after long-time club treasurer Sara B. Smith, who passed away early in 2002.

Scholarship money is awarded to the top academic male and female athlete, from any sport. Football season is always a busy time for the club. "We're anticipating a bigger crowd, because the teams that we're playing are closer to home (realigned Region III-AAA)," said Lawson.

And the success of the team certainly helps pack the stands. The Yellow Jackets were 12-3 last season and Upper State Champions. Union has been in the state championship game for three straight years and has won four state championships.

"We have the talent there," said club treasurer Roger Bailey. "We hope we're going to do real well, because when they do well, we do well. It just mushrooms. Everybody gets positive and it's nice to have something positive going on in our county. We feel this is one of the most positive things we have going."

The club handles tickets, parking, concessions and souvenirs at Union County Stadium. Ticket prices will not change this year. Tickets at the gate are $5. Season tickets are $30 and are good for all regular season games. Season ticket holders have reserved seats at playoff games, but must purchase a ticket at the gate.

Reserved stadium parking is $50 for the regular season and playoffs. Anyone who wants to purchase season tickets or reserved parking should call Gail Cobb at 427-2918. The booster club will again sell Yellow Jackets merchandise from its trailer at each home game.

 Coordinator Bobby Holley has acquired new merchandise. Union emblems adorn shirts, hats, flags, tags, stadium seats and many other items. Football programs will be the largest ever and offered at all home games.

The football program will be more than 100 pages and sells for $5 each. A plethora of historical information is packed in each book. The booster club sold 233 ads for the football program, many more than the 83 ads sold for the last book. The ad deadline has passed.

Sherry Callahan, Union cheerleading coach, is in charge of the programs and concessions this year. Concessions will offer the usual fare  hot dogs, pizza, soft drinks and water, among other items.

The booster club will be cooking 1,200 hot dogs to feed Union, Jonesville, Byrnes and Broome football teams at the Union Jamboree on Aug. 15. John Rampey is in charge of this massive undertaking.

The exhibition contests will be held at 7 p.m., as Union faces Byrnes and Jonesville plays Broome. Booster club memberships range from $15 per year for single memberships to $300 for corporate sponsors.

"We'd like to encourage anyone that wants to, to join the booster club and come and help us," said Lawson. "We've got about 15 people that do all this and work hard for the sports program."

Brian Whitmore/Times Giving the Yellow Jackets a boost Roger Bailey and Brenda Lawson of the Union Yellow Jackets Booster Club show off some of the new merchandise that will be sold during football games this season. The club is the primary source of funding for Union High athletics.

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