- Published on Saturday, 25 June 2011 21:39
People sometimes ask me how they can support the Chiefs? My answer is simple yet complex. Get involved in co-curricular activities and you’ll be rewarded. When you understand that research shows that students involved in extra-curricular activities experience greater academic success than those that do not participate, you’ll understand that your support at any level helps young men and women grow and become positive young adults. Your support can come in many forms, such as cheering on the Chiefs, whether we win or lose. Your time and compassion towards kids and their coaches is evident when you support what we do. That means supporting the whole team, not just your own child. It also means cheering for the team if we lose, and that you are proud of our effort, courage and commitment. Sportsmanship can be summed-up in that we should be loud, proud and positive toward our own team. Addressing the referees or coaches is not in your job description as a supporter. As adults, we need to model good citizenship; which goes hand-in-hand with good sportsmanship. Please remember to respect teammates, coaches, opponents, officials and other fans. Each athlete and each fan has a responsibility. Lead by example, accepting winning and losing with class. Good Sportsmanship equals good citizenship. It only takes a couple of people yelling at the referees to make our community look very poorly. It takes a village of us to remind each other what might be acceptable at a professional contest is NOT ACCEPTABLE AT A HIGH SCHOOL SPORTING EVENT. It does not change the outcome or their calls, and it only reflects poorly on the school. Your help with this is much appreciated. The message is simple: BE LOUD, BE PROUD and BE POSITIVE.
Other opportunities to be part of the Chief Nation can include being a volunteer to help in game management, joining the Booster Club (www.moseslakeboosterclub.org), working in the concession stand, supporting student fundraisers, advertising at the stadium, the program or the seasonal posters.
Local support is appreciated and if authorized, you can be assured money comes back to our program. The Moses Lake Booster Club authorizes our seasonal programs that are produced locally by the Columbia Basin Herald (765-4561 ask for Joel). We thank the many people and businesses for advertising and supporting the fundraising efforts of our Booster Club such as the program, Signage at Lion’s Field (766-2666 X 2921 info thru Athletic Director), or the Hall of Fame (766-2666 X 2921 info thru Athletic Director). MLHS Associated Student Body authorizes a Seasonal Sports Poster as well. Our official poster company is 5-Star Sports Calendar, and based out of Fayetteville, AR (888-516-7776). Yes, our ASB receives a bonus each season for your support. This is the only official poster. We also have a couple of Scholarship Opportunities available to donors. The Ed McNamara Scholarship is a Memorial Scholarship benefiting a senior baseball player in the name of recently departed Coach Mac (information found at www.chiefathletics.org); the Troy Mackey Memorial Scholarship benefits senior soccer players (information through the Booster Club) or Club 41, which provides funds for underprivileged student/athletes (contact Athletic Director). Do you have another idea? Please contact the Athletic Director, Loren Sandhop, to jump in and be involved in Chief Athletics.
Finally, we also have many student/athletes that need to work their own way to summer sport camps. The Rent-a-Jock program (organized by Coach Griffith, 766-2666 X 2975) will do almost any task to earn money for camp. Typical donation is $50 per athlete for 3-4 hours of work, with all monies collected being placed in the student/athletes name toward their camp expense through MLHS ASB.
If at any time you are unsure if a fundraiser or advertising opportunity is legitimate, please contact the Athletic Department before agreeing to sponsor. Thank you to all of the supporters of Chief Athletics.
Once again, thanks for your support; and GO CHIEFS. As before, updated schedules and Chief information can be found by visiting the Chief’s at www.chiefathletics.org
Loren Sandhop, CAA
(509) 766-2666 X 2921