Bulldog booster club works to keep students motivated

Nanette DeBord, center, holds up a Yoakum T-shirt for Felicia Hernandez, left, of Yoakum, before the start of the rival game against Cuero.
  • CLUB INFO

  • NAME: Yoakum Bulldog Booster Club

    OFFICERS: Layne Brandt, president; Cynthia Morris, vice president; Kim Kvinta, treasurer; Joy Terry, secretary

    ACTIVITIES: Merchandise sales, fall and spring sports calendars, concession stands at track meets and baseball tournaments, bake sales ...

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  • CLUB INFO

    NAME: Yoakum Bulldog Booster Club

    OFFICERS: Layne Brandt, president; Cynthia Morris, vice president; Kim Kvinta, treasurer; Joy Terry, secretary

    ACTIVITIES: Merchandise sales, fall and spring sports calendars, concession stands at track meets and baseball tournaments, bake sales

    TRADITIONS: Meet the Bulldogs BBQ at the beginning of each school year.

    MISSION: "To provide overall support to the Bulldog Athletics program."

Although it's been decades since she's had a student in the Yoakum school district, Elorine Sitka has remained an active member of the high school's athletic booster club for the last 35 years.

"It's very important for a community to support its kids," Sitka, 68, said. "They're our future citizens, and this is what they need to keep them focused."

The Yoakum Bulldog Booster Club spends about $25,000 a year supporting the athletic program, said Layne Brandt, booster club president.

About 20 to 30 members meet every Monday night to plan the upcoming activities and to receive a report on upcoming games from the athletic director, Brandt said.

Last week, Yoakum beat its rival, Cuero High School.

"It was a big game," Brandt said. "We were extremely happy with the victory."