1.What is the MHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB?
The MHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB is a non-profit organization committed to providing financial support for facilities enhancements, equipment and athletic gear for each of the Sports offered at Magruder High School. This directly enhances the experience of student athletes involved in MHS athletics. Membership is open to all members of the Magruder community.
2. Why do we need a booster club at Magruder? Doesn't the county cover all costs associated with sports programs?
Our mission here at the MHS Athletic Booster Club is to raise funds to support the needs of our athletic teams and student athletes. The county only provides each school with enough funding to pay for coaches, referees, transportation, and some equipment and supplies. Large-ticket items such as gym and field enhancements, maintenance, athletic equipment, scoreboards, etc. are only partially funded through limited county funds. Thus, booster club funds are needed to make up the difference.
3. What are examples of the use of Athletic Booster funding over the years?
The following is a subset of the projects that the Athletic Booster Club has either fully or partially funded over the past several years:
Wrestling Team Mat, Baseball Scoreboard, Gym Scoreboard and Padded Chairs for teams, Softball Scoreboard & Dugouts, Plexiglas Backboards (gym), Field Irrigation systems, Soccer Goals, Football Helmets, Shoulder Pads & Pants, Cheerleading Uniforms, Track Team Computer, Lacrosse Equipment, Coaches Headsets (football), Gym Banners, Golf Bags, Volleyball Team Sweats, and many, many more…
4. How many MHS students participate in interscholastic sports?
This varies by sport and coach. Each team typically has rosters of 12 to 25 students. In any given season, there are approximately 500 to 600+ students actively involved in Magruder Athletics. This represents roughly one third of our student body.
5. How many athletic teams are available at MHS?
Interscholastic Sports: Magruder currently offers 24 athletic sports that are open to all grades.
6. How does the Booster Club raise money?
Money is raised through individual and family Booster Club memberships, game concessions, spirit wear sales, business sponsorships, mulch sale and restaurant nights and other fundraisers. Anyone can join the Booster Club at any time. Our Membership drive continues throughout the year. Parent volunteers help us man the concession stand at the various events. We never ask a parent to work while their son or daughter is competing.
7. Does the Booster Club support all MHS interscholastic sports?
Yes, the Booster Club at Magruder provides funds to support ALL interscholastic teams. We have a process that the coaches can use to request funds from our organization, via our Athletic Director.
8. Does the Booster Club do anything other than raise money?
Yes, we contribute to the MHS community by providing the concession service at most MHS athletic events and offer a wide variety of spirit wear to choose from to enhance school spirit. We also offer scholarships annually to a couple of graduating seniors that have achieved great things on behalf of MHS athletics.
9. Who determines how the Booster Club funds are spent?
The Allocation of our funds (how, where and when) is discussed at our Booster Club meetings. All members are encouraged to attend these meetings and all meetings are open to the public (dates are posted on our web site). Our Athletic Director solicits input and priorities from our individual coaches, and we make our decisions based on their requests, funding availability, etc.
10. Is meeting attendance required?
While attendance is encouraged, it is strictly optional. Booster Club meetings are generally held on Thursday evenings every 4-6 weeks at 7:00pm in the school guidance office conference room. The dates will be posted on our site.
11. How much does it cost to join the Booster Club?
We have three Membership packages to choose from that each include a benefit for the Member.
"BIG M" MEMBERSHIP - $100 – includes one “M” Decal and your choice of : one Sweatshirt or two T-Shirts.
"COLONEL" MEMBERSHIP - $25 – includes one T-shirt.
"STUDENT" MEMBERSHIP - $10 – includes “M” Decal.
"STAFF" MEMBERSHIP - $10 -- includes "M" Decal
12. What are the other benefits of membership?
The financial support you provide us with your Membership is fully tax-deductable. We also believe that there is a subjective “feel good” benefit of knowing that you are contributing to the overall athletic experience of our student athletes that take the court or field on behalf of MHS. Many other MHS students, who do not participate in athletics, also enjoy the benefit of some of our facilities and equipment enhancements while participating in gym class, intramural sports, etc.
13. How can I help support MHS interscholastic sports?
We invite you to join the MHS ATHLETIC BOOSTER CLUB. Additionally, some members have been very helpful by donating their time to help with a variety of our ongoing needs, including helping to repair broken equipment, working at the concession stand, stocking the concession stand for games, running errands during the day and helping with organization and communication, just to name a few.
14. Whom should I contact if I have questions?
Contact any of our Board Members listed on our site here