Boosters on hand to raise money for program

Football Friday takes on even more significance this weekend for Goose Creek Memorial High School.

The GCM football team and the booster club will host Inauguration Day at 6 p.m. tonight at the school’s football stadium to kick off a new season.

The Patriots squad will practice under the lights starting at about 7:30 p.m. and go for two hours under head coach Shannon Carter.

It will be the first event held on the new turf field at the stadium.

The event gives the public a chance to meet the Patriot seniors and coach while providing food trucks, activities and merchandise sales for the public.

Admission is free and all revenue raised will go back to the football program.

Jenny Davis, president of the booster club, says the club’s numbers stand at about 35 and they are ready for this weekend’s event.

“We started four years ago from nothing and every year we add a little something,” Davis said. “This year we have a new coaching staff with eight or nine new coaches. I was an athlete in Baytown, but I don’t remember anything like this happening.”

Davis, who has been club president all four years, said that the booster club has focused on taking care of all teams of the football program by feeding kids after games and this year they will now be able to provide meals before and after contests.

“It’s huge because some kids have it and some kids don’t,” Davis said. “It’s a big thing for us to give back to them.”

They also raised money to present a new run through for the team prior to opening kickoff and will be used for the first time on Aug. 29 when the Patriots host Sam Rayburn at Stallworth Stadium.

The new turf field is just another aspect of tonight’s celebration.

“It’s just one more reason to show what we are proud of,” Davis said. “It’s important for the community to see what the kids put in. Regardless of wins and losses, they buckle down every day and practice.”

Club vice president D’Anna Shelton said that new coaching staff has made things exciting around the program.

GCM finished 2-8 last season.

“I’ve talked to the boys after practice and all they talk about is they are going to win. They are excited,” Shelton said.

To be a member of the booster club email gcmfootballboosterpresident@gmail.com. It is a $10 fee to join, a $5 fee for any additional member of the same family aged 18 or older and a non-GCM student.   

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