Hardwood Booster Club Rallies Around Natchez High School Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs

The Hardwood Booster Club makes life a little easier for the Bulldogs by providing a much-needed financial spark to the basketball program. According to club president Harvey McNeal, with school budgets tight, the booster club’s main purpose is to help the coaches and athletes. The 24 member, all-parent, non-profit group serves as an essential role to both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams.
The club generates most of its funding through concession sales at the games and program ad sales. A few dollars for a hot dog, some popcorn, and a soda could go toward the annual banquet, a letter jacket, senior gifts, or a nice sit-down meal for the team on overnight trips. Recently the booster club purchased warm-up shirts for the team.
McNeal said Natchez High Basketball is “very fortunate” to have a dedicated group of parents, providing help to the team. The booster club is always looking for help, whether it’s selling popcorn at concession stands, leading fundraising efforts or through donations.
Like clockwork, members rotate shifts that allow each parent an opportunity to watch their athletes play. McNeal’s granddaughter is #3, Kelsey McNeal, starting point guard for the Lady Bulldogs. The Hardwood Club meets the first and third Wednesday of the month. The membership dues are $25 per member and $40 for a couple.
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