The club’s volunteers consist mostly of parents of players, and is very well organized with board members, and four different committees that all work together to support the team and coaches.
Matt Rooney is in his second year as booster club president and seems to have his position down to a T. Along with his team, he organizes meetings, sets up fundraising events, and makes sure all of his committees are up to speed so that the players have everything they need.
The duties of the Quarterback Club are extensive, but absolutely necessary to get the boys ready for their games. The locker room committee decorates the player’s lockers each week in support of their upcoming game, the breakfast committee cooks every Saturday morning to feed them before they watch film, and the Banquet and Parade committees work all season long to make sure their events become a reality.
But the work doesn’t just start in the Fall. Every June the Quarterback Club hosts a golf tournament, which is one of their biggest fundraising events of the entire year. The other event is a telethon which get’s the players involved, and has shown tons of success over the last couple of years.
“The season starts with our golf tournament in June, then we host a telethon. “ Rooney said. “Basically, all of the boys call parents, grandparents, friends and family to raise money.”
Since the club is only allowed two fundraisers a year, they have gotten creative on tying in other money-raising opportunities. The club sells advertisements including field signs that are placed on the track during home games, place art on the football trailer, 15 – 30 second spots on the radio show, and they host a power lifting meet every February with around 15-20 schools in attendance.
All of this allows the Jackrabbit Quarterback club to provide the players with the meals, gear, and equipment they need to be successful each year.
“We always buy the gym suits the boys work out in, undershirts that go under the jersey, helmets and shoulder pads, and new work out equipment for the weight room.” Rooney stated. “So, we have to do everything we can to have those funds each year.”
With Rooney’s son, Brock, as a senior receiver he will not be returning as president. However, there is no doubt that the Quarterback Club will continue to go above and beyond the call of the duty for the Jackrabbits in the years to come.
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