By Mal Boright
August 29th, 2013
Saturday morning was a gem of day. Cloudless skies, warm sun and temperatures in the nifty high 60s and low 70s.
Just right for a football scrimmage at Champlain Valley Union High with cross-valley foe Mount Mansfield Union.
Both teams scored in the practice game.
Also getting in some practice time were members of the CVU Football Boosters, who will be front and center when the Redhawks open their home season Sept. 14 against Burlington High.
Coach Jim Provost’s gridders get the season underway Friday night under the lights at Colchester High. The following week they will be at Essex High.
Setting up to accommodate a home game is no small task. Just ask Booster President Chris Farrington. “We need about 100 volunteers,” he said, noting such functions as concession sales, video recording, ticket and program sales, souvenir sales and others.
The organization has been a key component in the establishment of the football program at CVU and the Redhawks rise to Division 1, where they are very competitive.
“They take care of and pay for the needs of the teams,” Provost said of the boosters a couple of years ago. “All I have to do is coach.”
Fundraising is a booster specialty. A discount card program had its sales end Tuesday. Farrington said the organization was hoping to raises some $25,000 from it.
“Last year, we were the number one selling school in New England,” he said, adding that Bellows Free Academy of St. Albans was New England runner-up.
That says a lot about Vermonters getting behind their schools.
Coming up soon will be the boosters’ annual golf tournament at Cedar Knoll Sept. 20. Last year, the event raised $16,000. Julie Shea (telephone 425-2767) is in charge.
Later on, there will be a Calcutta night. And boosters are now taking orders for advertising banners at the field.
Folks who would like to join the boosters can reach Farrington at 316-6453. More information is on the website which can be accessed at CVU athletics, football team pages and click on boosters.