By Caitlin Croft
With the autumn season right around the corner, many start to think about their favorite fall activities. For those involved with the Ellicottville Central School Sports Boosters, it means preparing for the upcoming ECS athletic events.
The ECS Sports Boosters’ main function is to develop support for the student body and raise funds to supplement athletic budgets. It is run by and organized by a board consisting of parents, teachers and athletics fans in the community.
“Last year was a big year for our Boosters program; we achieved 501(c)(3) status, which means we are a tax-exempt nonprofit organization,” said Boosters President Debbie Golley. “Another notable achievement was the purchase, in conjunction with the Ellicottville Little Eagles, of a new sound system for the press box.”
This year’s other board members are Vice President Todd Palmatier, Treasurer Kevin Watt, Secretary Shana Chudy and “at large” members Karl Schwartz and Bob Adams.
There is a range of activities that the ECS Sports Boosters are involved in, Golley tells us.
“We run concession stands and fundraisers, help with athletic camps and purchase items for teams and the school.”
Also funded by the Boosters are the three Sports Banquets held at the end of each season. Plus, “each year the ECS Sports Boosters gives out two scholarships that are awarded to one female and one male athlete,” Golley said.
ECS Sports Boosters now has a Facebook page that is visited by students, parents and community members. Four different photographers (Golley, Debbie Grinols, John Karassik and Christy Wiser) cover most of the sports events and post pictures. “Recently we had more than 700 people who have liked and followed our page, which is a huge accomplishment for a small town booster group.”
Parent involvement is a large part of what keeps the Boosters going. New volunteers are always needed and parents are encouraged to participate.
“It keeps them [parents] involved and that helps our kids.”
If you would like to get involved, you can go to any Boosters meeting on the third Monday of each month, at 7 p.m., in the High School cafeteria. If you can’t attend, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to get on its email list or talk to any board member.
“We are constantly trying to increase school spirit and ECS pride with banners, events, supporting camps and our Facebook page,” says Golley. So get out there, get involved and cheer the Eagles to victory!