With all of their success, the Argyle Athletic Booster Club has become a well-oiled machine. Ken Frazier is a big part of that and is in his second year as the club’s president. He has been a member for the past five years, and has served in various roles such as treasurer and vice president.
“I was interested in being involved so I could see the athletic department at work and be closer to it than just a parent in the stands,” Frazier said. “Once I got involved I got to see more of what we do, what we provide back to the school, and the opportunities we have to help the student athletes.”
As an all sport booster club, Mr. Frazier and his team contribute substantial amounts of money to the school to ensure that the athletes have everything they need to succeed.
So, how are they able to do all of this? According to Mr. Frazier, it all starts with having a great board and awesome volunteers.
“I have an excellent officer group, CFO, treasurer, secretary, vice president, and sports directors,” Frazier stated. “Then we also have a bunch of parent volunteers who do a tremendous job making all of this stuff happen."
Because of all the wonderful people helping the Eagles, the club is able to raise money each year through various endeavors. These include, membership sales, concession sales, spirit wear sales, and corporate sponsorships (including Nike as their official gear sponsor). Last year alone the club accumulated over $105,000 for the school, with goals to reach $130,000-$150,000 next year, and the years following. They also participate in the “Argyle Eagle Golf Classic” every summer, which is an event that benefits the athletic and band booster clubs, and features many sponsors and celebrity guests.
One of the most unique aspects of the club is their concession stand. They have a man, Anthony Calabrese, who grew up in a deli in New Jersey that cooks all of their food, and came up with a tasty menu that the Eagle fans absolutely love.
“We’ve set a new tone there with having really good food at the concessions,” Frazier stated. “People now don’t go eat before the game, they come to the game to eat.”
There are a lot of people behind the scenes that are making things happen. The families from each sport work together, and do whatever they can to make sure everything works.
In addition, Mr. Frazier, the athletic director, and the booster club board, give out $500-$1,000 scholarships to deserving athletes every year.
With his son Jaxon as a senior, Mr. Frazier will unfortunately not be returning as president of the booster club. However, he plans to stick around as past president next year and help out where he can.
“I’ve been doing this a long time and it’s been a lot of fun. It’s going to be almost like a semi-retirement when I leave, working 20 plus hours a week, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”
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