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School spirit thrives in Brahma Booster Club members

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 7, 2013 at 5:07 a.m.
Updated Nov. 8, 2013 at 5:08 a.m.

Hallettsville Brahma Booster Club members, from left, Paul McGee, Mary Leopold, Cindy Caraway and Janice Busselman.

CLUB INFO

NAME: Hallettsville Brahma Booster Club

OFFICERS: Paul McGee, president; Donna Shimek, first vice president; Randy Woytek, second vice president; Lolly Mican, third vice president; Michelle Satterwhite, fourth vice president; Sonia Grahmann, fifth vice president; Mary Leopold, secretary; Janice Busselman, treasurer; Billy Barrera, reporter; Cindy Caraway, memberships

ACTIVITIES: The Spring All Sports Banquet; Meet the Brahmas Night; an annual drive-thru dinner fundraiser which typically feeds 2,000 people; athletic tournaments throughout the year including basketball, softball and baseball; running concession stands for all sports; advertising and promoting sporting events in and around the community, including social media; supporting the cheerleaders and spirit groups; selling promotional items out of custom designed spirit trailer

TRADITIONS: Prior to football games, parents and fans gather at the 20-foot-tall Brahma Bull tunnel to form a spirit line for the team and cheerleaders to run through; parents come together to coordinate meals for out-of-town games as well as many pregame meals

MISSION: Promote spirit and community support for all our Hallettsville Brahma student-athletes and to raise funds to supplement the athletic budget that supports them.

MOTTO: "We are Hallettsville."

The McGee family moved from San Antonio to Hallettsville to raise their children in a small-town setting.

"It's a very strong community with good schools," said Paul McGee, Hallettsville Brahma Booster Club president. "We've been very pleased with it."

McGee has been a member of Hallettsville High School's athletic booster club since 2003.

McGee said he joined because he wanted to make a difference.

"It's a vital part of the school," McGee, 47, said. "And it's rewarding to be tied to the students this way."

On Friday nights, McGee and Brahma Booster Club members can be seen lining the team's 20-foot-tall Brahma Bull tunnel.

There are about 150 members total.

"It's something we love to do," McGee said. "It's good just being with the kids and supporting them."

Last year, McGee said, the booster club raised about $25,000, which went directly to equipment and college scholarships.

"Our mission is to supplement the budget of the athletic department," he said. "If they need things, the athletic department requests additional items."

This weekend, the Brahmas face Hempstead High School.

Before the game, the booster club will take part in a pep rally at the high school's gym.

"We're doing very well," McGee said. "The football team is undefeated, and the baseball team recently won the state championship."

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