Annual fundraiser gets athletes out in community
The annual North Augusta High School Booster Club Blitz is coming up.
On Saturday, all of the Jackets’ sports teams will meet at CommuniGraphics at 9 a.m.
From there, the athletes will fan out all around the city in the hopes of raising funds and awareness until 2 p.m.
“We’ll have all of the kids from all of the teams going around North Augusta,” Dan Pippin, the head football coach and athletic director, said. “I think it’s something that everyone looks forward to, and I think the kids look forward to it, as well. We sell our booster club passes to the games, and they range in levels.”
Pippin said that the passes range from $50 to $2,500 and include tickets and parking passes.
“I think it’s a great deal, and it gets our athletes out in the community,” he said. “Sometimes people only see the athletes on the court or on the fields. They never get to see them in person. This is a way to let them see the kids, meet the kids and see that they’re really great kids. We have great kids in all of sports.”
Another thing Pippin said was that it also allows the athletes to work on their socialization skills. It is also a big boost to the community and allows them to give back in a way and support the athletic department and school as a whole.
“We do car washes for cancer in the spring,” he said. “We also are doing bookbags for an elementary school right now. ... It’s just great for our kids to get out and for our kids to see that people in the community are interested in North Augusta High School and North Augusta athletics. There’s definitely no losers when we go out.”
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Alvernia University and currently attends Drexel University.