Little Elm Lobo Football Booster Club president Tawnya Brigandy knew early on that the 2020 season would be unlike any of the previous seasons she’s seen since joining the club when her oldest son, a 2016 graduate, enrolled at the school.
Like many of its fellow booster clubs, the Lobo Football Booster Club supports the program by helping purchase necessary equipment that the district’s budget can’t cover. Most recently, the club’s added practice equipment and speakers for an indoor facility and is currently working on replacing the inflatable that’s a fixture at home games.
Along with that support, the club prides itself on making sure the Lobos are fed and feted. Brigandy said two of the most important things the club does is feed the team on Thursday nights and before games and celebrates each season with an annual banquet. This year, she says, success won’t be measured by the amount of money the club raises – though the club is extremely grateful that area businesses have stuck with their support.
“They have been amazing this year,” she said. “It is a challenge to feed that many teenage boys on a budget, but our vendors have made it happen.”
The community support continues a trend that has helped the club grow its weekly dinners over the years. When Brigandy and her fellow board members first joined the club, they helped by bringing homemade sandwiches for the players to enjoy. Now, meals are brought in, though safety protocols specific to 2020 made them less personal than desired.
“The tradition has been that we serve the team in the stadium press box while the subvarsity plays, but this year instead of banquet-style, the vendors have provided boxed meals,” she said. “We really miss that bonding time with the players. We look forward to getting back to our tradition.”
She understands that tradition must take a back seat to ensure everyone’s safety. The club follows the school district’s lead in putting student health and safety first.
“The school district has done an amazing job being proactive and putting the kids and safety first,” she said. “Our main goal is to keep the players safe and healthy so they can play the entire season and not let it get cut short.”
If the Lobos do make it to the regularly scheduled end of the season, that will be cause for celebration, hopefully. Little Elm’s tradition includes a banquet that honors the players and sends the seniors out with a final set of memories.
“The banquet for the players and parents has gotten bigger and better every year,” she said. “We are hoping we get to have one this year.”
Having the banquet will mean the season a success for the Lobo family.
“We want to make it as special as we can so we can provide the seniors and their families with as many memories as possible,” she said. “Our banquet is special for parents and players and we want it to remain in place as long as we are able to do that safely.”
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