Booster Club Spotlight: Somerset booster club gives Bulldogs some bite

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Rhiana Martinez is not just the president of her booster club, but the Superwoman of Somerset Athletics. For the past three years she has dedicated all of her free time to doing everything she can to provide for her school’s athletes. Which, according to the athletes at Somerset, includes brewing up the most popular sweet tea in the history of Texas high school football.

“I just love to see the athletes faces light up,” Rhiana said. “I mean I enjoy it enough to take on another year!”

Luckily, she has great support from concession volunteers, parents, athletes, the community, and their district, Somerset ISD. Because of their continuous help, the Somerset Athletic Booster Club is able to provide the athletes with food and drinks after every game, new equipment, play-off shirts, and much more.

“I have a great board, we are a team!” she explained, when asked how the SABC gets things done.

But it doesn’t stop there. Rhiana and the rest of the SABC request wish lists from all of the coaches from every sport, each year, and works diligently to provide each sport with the things they need to better their program.

So, what makes all of this possible? The SABC is able to raise the money to fulfill the needs of their athletic department in several ways. The biggest moneymakers are concessions, athletic banquets, merchandise sales, and donations. Rhiana even gets the school’s ROTC program involved by trading their time selling popcorn at events, for half of the profit. The SABC even hosts concessions for other district’s playoff games as well.

“We raised over $60,000 this past year, and the year before that,” she stated. “It wouldn’t have been possible without the board, athletes, volunteers and parents.”

There is no denying the influence a booster club can have on a school, the players, and the community. At Somerset High School, the members of the SABC are going above and beyond to make sure their school is successful in everything it does.

Rhiana Martinez is the definition of what a booster club president should be, and even though her daughter is a senior this year, she plans on making her return in 2017, running for her position once again.

“We do it for our kids. We do it for our Athletes. We do it for our district.”

 

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