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Spirit-fueled fun supports St. Joseph Flyers

By Carolina Astrain
Sept. 5, 2013 at 4:05 a.m.
Updated Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:06 a.m.

Christine Chapa waits for customers at the St. Joseph High School booster club trailer during the school's first home football game of the season Aug. 30 at Patti Welder Stadium. The booth, which sells St. Joseph spirit gear, is manned by the mothers of the cheerleaders and will be at every home football game this season.

Greg Haynes stood in the stands cheering on the St. Joseph High School football team.

Haynes, the St. Joseph Parent and Teacher Club president, has two daughters enrolled at St. Joseph, senior Christina Haynes and sophomore Elizabeth Haynes.

Although he doesn't have a child of his own playing on the St. Joseph Flyers football team, he believes in the power of team spirit.

"It's important that the kids enjoy these football games," Haynes said.

Every year, the booster club raises about more than $150,000 from selling all-sports passes, shirts, stadium cushions and its big annual St. Joseph Family Festival in January, Haynes said.

The funds have helped offset increases to tuition at St. Joseph, Haynes said.

"We use that money to help fund St. Joseph's extracurricular activities," he said. "If we weren't there to raise funds, then St. Joseph would have to charge students an additional fee."

Last week, St. Joseph played its first game of the season against Goliad High School.

Goliad defeated St. Joseph, 48-0.

"Even though we lost the game, the spirit is not dead," Haynes said. "The important thing is that the kids have a good time and that they get a chance to come out with their spirit."

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