With membership tumbling to all-time lows, Sharunda and Lakaisha Wallace decided to take on leadership roles with the booster club and spark new interest in a program that has a rich and storied history. Their success off the field coincided with a very solid year on the field for Skyline as the senior-laden squad advanced to the state playoffs.
“We had 18 parents sign up just this year alone. That might not sound like a ton but it’s such a bigger number than we had in the recent past,” Sharunda says. “We started a board of directors that now includes six folks. All in all, it was a transformation for the entire booster club and something we’re very proud of.”
From a fund-raising standpoint, Sharunda says they got very creative this past season focusing on selling everything from decorated cowbells, pom-poms, t-shirts and snacks. Most of the funds went to feed the team throughout the Fall, although Sharunda admits that the biggest hit was her cooking vs. restaurant sandwiches.
“I made them beef stew, homemade cornbread, chicken alfredo, green beans and spaghetti,” she says. “Basically I spoiled them to the point where I’m not sure what they’ll do next year. The boys really will miss my cornbread.”
Sharunda’s son was a senior this past season, Derick Goines Jr. played outside linebacker, defensive end and fullback. He’s hoping to walk-on with a college team next year. Derick was part of what Skyline’s seniors called The Dream Team, a collection of 33 senior football players who had been together since freshmen.
“When we lost in a very close playoff game, I couldn’t talk afterwards. It was a crushing defeat for the boys,” Sharunda says. “But they had a great year and a great high school experience together and I’m so proud of all of them.”
With folks like Sharunda doing plenty of the heavy lifting behind the scenes, Skyline won big time.
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