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Gobblers create sports community off the field

By Carolina Astrain
Oct. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.

Members of the Cuero booster club, from left, John Novak, Paul Lucas and Dwayne "Tuffy" Willborn prepare barbecued meat for dinner at the weekly Cuero booster club meeting Wednesday at Davis Contractors in Cuero. The club has about 300 members. They take turns every week cooking for about 80-100 members who come to the meeting.

CUERO - Every Wednesday night before a football game, the Cuero Gobblers Booster Club gathers for a barbecue and briefing from the coach.

The appointed cook for the night prepares meals for about 80 to 100 people at the weekly meetings, said Jode Zavesky, booster club president.

More than 300 members make up the booster club, which raises about $15,000 for all sports in Cuero each year, he said.

But before the food is served, members show up as early as 4 p.m. to play a few rounds of dominos, Zavesky said.

Zavesky stood at the front of a green and white checkered room welcoming members Wednesday night.

"Come on in to all things Gobbler," he said. "Other than the football field, this is football central."

Zavesky, who also serves as sheriff of DeWitt County, said supporting high school athletics is an integral part of the Gobbler community.

The sheriff has a son, Travis Zavesky, who plays on the junior varsity football team.

And while varsity football player Xaioxing He is not his legal son, the student lives with the Zavesky family and has their full support, the sheriff said.

Several of the booster club members don't have students in high school sports, but they are there to root on their home team, Zavesky said.

"We've existed since the 1970s," Zavesky said. "For some of our oldest members who can't make the games, we stream them on Gobbler radio."



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