Hazen girls soccer finds success with its own booster club

December 31, 2009

By Tim Pfarr

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In September, Hazen High School girls soccer team head coach Ken Matthews decided to create a booster club specifically designed to benefit the girls soccer program at his school. Since its creation, it has raised $5,200.“It’s been exciting to see how quickly things have come together and accomplish so much in such a short time,” said Mark Garvin, president of the Hazen Girls Soccer Booster Club, whose daughter Lexi will be a team captain on the varsity soccer team for the 2010 season.

The club’s goals are to allow any girl who wants to play soccer to do so, regardless of any financial constraints, purchase equipment for the team and unite the team’s players as a whole, Garvin said.

The club has sold scarves, rub-on tattoos and “buddy shirts” to raise money for the soccer program. Of its total profit, $3,500 went to fund the creation of the merchandise, leaving $1,700 exclusively for the soccer program, which went to purchase loaner warm-up jackets for players who opted not to purchase jackets, jackets for the coaches and a dinner where the varsity players cooked for the junior varsity players.

“It’s really cool to know that we’re going to be able to do some neat things for these girls in the future,” Garvin said.

Matthews said he has been thrilled with the success of the club so far.

“They’ve taken it so far so fast, it’s incredible,” he said.

He is working on a proposal to host a large jamboree next September that would include 12 high schools, including Hazen. He also said the club is considering hosting a golf tournament at some point.

Matthews said he hopes to use funds from the booster club to purchase new gear bags and practice shorts, as well as more jackets in the future.

And he said he hopes the club will continue adding members.

Get involved

E-mail markfgarvin@comcast.net for information about how to join or contribute to the booster club. Call 466-5788 or e-mail highlandersoccer@comcast.net for more information about Hazen girls soccer.

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