ATHLETICS a Boost Football? Check. Basketball? Check. Swimming? Check. Baseball, bowling, cheerleading, cross country, dance team, fast-pitch softball, golf, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, tennis, track and field, volleyball? Check.
IF IT’S A SPORT AT ST. ANDREW’S, THE BOOSTER CLUB SUPPORTS IT. The St. Andrew’s Booster Club is a volunteer organization dedicated to supporting the school’s overall athletic program. The Booster Club provides additional financial resources for facilities improvement and equipment upgrades, and plans and funds activities at sporting events throughout the year. The club includes close to 300 dues-paying individual and corporate members, all committed to supporting St. Andrew’s student athletes. Over the past several years, the Booster Club has helped fund enhancements to St. Andrew’s athletic field houses, concession stands, athletic fields, and signage, as
well as purchasing equipment and uniforms for many St. Andrew’s athletic teams. Steve Smith, the president of the Booster Club, had a natural interest in St. Andrew’s sports. Smith is a former Ole Miss football player and his son, senior Harrison Smith, has played football for four years at St. Andrew’s. But Smith’s commitment to St. Andrew’s athletics extends beyond football to every team St. Andrew’s fields. “Academics and athletics go hand-in-hand,” Smith says. “Sports teach a lot of life lessons. Student athletes learn the value of teamwork, they experience the pride of athletic accomplishments, and they also learn how to accept losses gracefully. Sports teach young people about accountability and help them build a strong work ethic. Students who learn these things through sports go on to apply those lessons in school, in college, in their careers, and in their family lives. That’s why it’s so important to support athletic programs for St. Andrew’s students at every age.” When Smith’s term ends in the spring of 2014, Phil Burnett will take over as Booster Club president. Burnett seemed destined to lead the Booster Club, as he is accustomed to living in a house full of St. Andrew’s student athletes. His son, Phillip ’13 was a linebacker for the Saints football team, played lacrosse, and swam on the state championship swimming team. Senior J.G. Burnett is a four-year, four-sport letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and swimming, while his eighth grade brother, 60
Published on May 22, 2014
Published on May 22, 2014
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