LHASBC – Supporting all Panther teams

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The Liberty Hill All Sports Booster Club raises money throughout the year to support the Liberty Hill ISD Athletic Department. Funds raised are used to purchase equipment for student athletes in all sports, and provide scholarships for graduating seniors. The club is run by parent volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors. Above are members of the 2015 Board of Directors. Front row from left are Michele Stratton, Concessions Co-Chair; Stacy Oncken, Treasurer; Elaine Macias, Co-Merchandise; James Macias, President; and Bart Turek, Executive Vice President. In back are Christy Grant, Secretary; Kevin Vickers, Concessions Co-Chair; Julie Covington, Co-Merchandise; Tim Roberts, Executive Vice President 2. Not pictured is Christine Huppee, Membership. (Lauren Jette Photo)

The Liberty Hill All Sports Booster Club raises money throughout the year to support the Liberty Hill ISD Athletic Department. Funds raised are used to purchase equipment for student athletes in all sports, and provide scholarships for graduating seniors. The club is run by parent volunteers who serve on the Board of Directors. Above are members of the 2015 Board of Directors. Front row from left are Michele Stratton, Concessions Co-Chair; Stacy Oncken, Treasurer; Elaine Macias, Co-Merchandise; James Macias, President; and Bart Turek, Executive Vice President. In back are Christy Grant, Secretary; Kevin Vickers, Concessions Co-Chair; Julie Covington, Co-Merchandise; Tim Roberts, Executive Vice President 2. Not pictured is Christine Huppee, Membership. (Lauren Jette Photo)

By SEAN SHAPIRO

Like any of the fall sports teams at Liberty Hill High School, the Liberty Hill All Sports Booster Club has goals for the 2015-16 school year.

But instead of tracking down wins, the booster club is searching for new members.

As of Tuesday, the club had 40 family memberships, while there were 31 business members.

James Macias, the booster club president, would like to see the number of family memberships reach 100 before the end of the school year. On the business side, he would like to see 50 businesses involved.

“For the size of Liberty Hill’s athletic program we have a small booster club,” Macias said. “I want to change that. I want people to come out and support these kids that work so hard.”

Enrollment is open and the booster club is ahead of last year’s pace.

There were 43 total family memberships for the 2014-15 school year and 34 businesses.

“We’re ahead of last year, but let’s get way ahead of last year,” Macias said. “I want to really have our community out and support the kids.”

And, Macias said, membership isn’t a difficult commitment.

“All we are asking for is $25, and it all goes to helping us really show what this community is all about,” he said.

Macias indicated Liberty Hill’s third-place finish in the 2014-15 Lone Star Cup Standings — a multi-sport competition by the UIL — shows how important athletics are to the community.

“That’s why we need more members,” he said.

Unlike other schools in central Texas, Liberty Hill has a single booster club. While other schools have sport specific clubs, Liberty Hill has a single-prong approach to best serve athletes and work with athletic director Jerry Vance.

Much of the tape, wraps, and other training room equipment has been provided by the booster club. The club has also provided ankle braces basketball and volleyball players.

“We help fill in those gaps the school needs,” Macias said. “We work closely with Coach Vance to make sure our athletes have the best available.”

The booster club is also continuing its fundraising efforts in 2015, and will be offering two more scholarships this school year.

In the past, the booster club presented nine $1,000 scholarships to seniors. This year the plan is to present 11, and much of that money comes from projects like concession stands and the varsity football program.

Macias said the booster club also wants to expand its merchandising footprint this school year.

“We want to sell more merchandise and make it available at the middle and elementary schools,” he said. “Wherever there’s a campus, we should be supporting.”

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