The Oak Ridge Football Booster Club’s annual Football Banquet is scheduled for January 17, and this year will feature Gerald Irons as the guest speaker. Mr. Irons served on the Conroe ISD Board of Trustees for over 20 years, and prior to that spent 10 years in the NFL, playing for the Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders.
The Booster Club supports the War Eagle football program where district funds and capabilities fall short. Through spirit fees, concession and apparel sales, and various fund raisers they are able to provide financial support to enhance Oak Ridge football player experience and improve safety. They have spent $15k already on new equipment for the boys, including 50 sets of shoulder pads, 39 helmets, and two neck machines designed to reduce concussions.
This year the club has incorporated a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer into the organizational structure, with the hope that the additional leadership positions will encourage additional volunteerism and enhance the club’s fund raising abilities. They have also created additional committee positions to promote club functions and events. The club is a volunteer organization whose success depends on volunteer efforts by the athletes’ parents, and in rallying community participation. They maintain both a website and a Facebook presence where additional information can be found.
The booster club’s annual golf tournament is scheduled for May 17, and they are excited to announce the first annual “Side by Side” utility raffle that will allow the coaches the use of a utility vehicle throughout the season. That utility vehicle will then be raffled off at the conclusion of the football season. The club is currently seeking local businesses to partner “side by side” to help in supplying the utility vehicle for this fund raiser. Anyone interested in helping should contact Stuart Norton or Billy Lowe.
Tickets for the annual banquet are $15 and a ticket will be required to attend. Tickets can be purchased in the athletic office. The banquet will start at 6:30 PM on January 17 and will be held in the ORHS cafeteria.