Below is a great and recent article that discusses the merits and necessity of high school athletic booster clubs in the state of Oregon. High school art programs are equally if not more affected by district budget cuts and the need for booster clubs are just as important. Investing in the betterment of your booster club can cause the best long-term return for your school, program and ultimately, the kids that are participating.

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
-John Quincy Adams
Whether you are a Booster Club President, Board Member, Activities Director, Principal or Superintendent, there are certain qualities that can define the success, or lack thereof, within your organization. When electing, hiring or coaching individuals in these leadership positions, consider the following attributes…

The below article by college admissions expert, Christian Quinn, gives great testament to a well-rounded education that involves arts, athletics and a variety of other extra-curricular interests. While these activities provide equally formational and valuable merits to both arts and athletic “educations”, I would agree with Christina that being one-dimensional, regardless of activity, does jeopardize a child’s opportunity for a well-rounded education and potentially a college acceptance letter.

Golf tournaments are a go-to fundraiser for booster clubs during the summer months. Some clubs are just starting their “Annual” golf outing while others have made their scramble a tradition. It is clear that there is some financial benefit from a booster club fundraising perspective and there is clearly some merit from a “friend-raising” perspective, but in this post I will discuss the overall value of a golf tournament as it relates to your booster club…

School is out and summer vacation is here! Summer camps, summer workouts and summer jobs are in full force and you and your booster club may not even be thinking about next year or next season. If your booster club hasn’t asked itself these three questions prior to summer, now is a great time to reflect and, more importantly, act on the answers you and your organization find…

PocketADCheck out this new app that has been created by AD’s and for AD’s to help them manage their high school activities in an efficient and productive way. Put time back on your calendar with this app! Coaching evaluations, Checklists, and more…

GraduationIt’s that time of year where the weather is nice, gowns and tassels are out and students are graduating from high school. Years of hard work have finally led to this special time in these kids’ lives and they will now embark onto the next chapter in their lives.
As a school, arts or athletic program and booster club, what should you be doing around this time to further your program and school mission as it relates to your arts or athletic program and current graduates? Here are 5 things your booster club must do:

Booster ClubsDid you know that: 79% of high school students participate in some sort of extra-curricular activity. The mean GPA for athletes was a 2.98, while the mean GPA for non-athletes was only 2.17. The average number of absences was significantly lower for athletes than nonathletes. The mean average number of days missed by athletes was 6.3 days per 180-day school year, as compared to 11.9 days for non-athletes. The percentage of discipline referrals by the reporting schools was lower for the athlete group than the non-athlete group; referrals for athletes ran at a 33.3 percentage while the referral percentage for non-athletes was 41.8 percent.

AlumniHow does a school, booster club or arts or athletic program go about (re)capturing, cultivating and communicating with alumni and their parents? Programs can barely keep up their fragmented, traveling excel document of current participants and parents, let alone names and rosters of past alums and their parents. Below are 4 ways on how to nurture alumni relationships for your programs’ success.

Alumni3 Reasons for WHY you need to stay in touch with alumni. This is the first of a two part article series, with the first covering the topic of WHY you must stay in touch with alumni, and the second being HOW your booster club can go about doing that.