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Thursday, August 22, 2013
On Saturday morning the many North Augusta High School athletic teams converged at CommuniGraphics to help raise funds for the program.
The annual Booster Club Blitz is an event that sees the teams fan out around the city selling memberships to the Yellow Jacket Club. By the end, the event had raised more than $27,000. This was all despite rainy, cold weather.
“It’s to fund the athletic program from the booster standpoint,” Hank Hammond, Yellow Jacket Club president, said. “Any banquets we have or repairs that need to be done for the fields or the equipment or buying new equipment – we bought $10,000 of weight equipment last year – anything we can do to help the kids to get better, stronger or faster. It’s for all sports – people think we’re just a football booster club – but we’re here for all of the teams.”
Tracy Hooks, owner of CommuniGraphics, not only donates the space to allow for a bit of organization for the event, but she also donates her time.
“That’s a part of being in the community,” she said of helping with the event. “They support and use us, they shop here and that’s what local business is all about. I’m thrilled to do it, we have a good time, we raise money for the athletic programs and this helps. The neighborhood opens up their doors and kicks in their money and you don’t get any better than that. You don’t get that very many places in America anymore and I’m glad to be a part of it.”
One of the things that Hammond hammered home to each of the athletes, who were sent out in the community in groups with adults, was to smile and be personable.
“We want to make sure that they let people know that they were there to support North Augusta High School and North Augusta High School athletics,” he said. “We wanted them to let people know that we need their help, to address them and look them in the eye.”
Following the event, tickets were sent out to those who wanted reserved seating. Hammond also noted that many boosters had mailed back their forms earlier to make sure their seats were accounted for. Assigned seats are no longer available at this point, but donations can still be made for general admission seating.
For more information visit the club online at https://northaugustayellowjacketclub.shutterfly.com/.
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.