Let's get this done!

Monday, February 23, 2009

We applaud the hard-working, dedicated Cherokee Athletic Booster Club in its on-going efforts to further enhance the Cherokee Washington High baseball and softball fields at the Sam Doupe Athletic Complex on East Indian Street.

Plans include installation of new stadium seating, construction of new scorers/press box facilities as the existing ones have become dilapidated and hazardous, protective netting, and major dirtwork, including landscaping in the vicinity of the graveled parking lot west of the softball field.

These renovations will give the Cherokee School District some of the finest ball fields in the state and enhance the total experience of baseball and softball fans watching their favorite teams in total, modern comfort.

Well aware that our school districts are fighting serious budget threats, the Boosters want to do their part and are now actively soliciting donations for the money needed to pay for the infrastructure work, including concrete, dirtwork, netting, and the scorers/press boxes.

The Booster Club also will be offering the new seats for sale in the near future. The durable, attractive stadium-style seating just like in the Big Leagues will sell for $200 per seat and each will include an engraved name plate recognizing the donor(s).

Citizens can buy one in honor of their children, family, and loved ones, or to just help support our baseball and softball programs. Our Police Chief, Steve Schuck, has done much of the footwork for this timely project.

Over the past several years, the Cherokee Braves baseball squad has taken on legendary proportions as the Braves have won the Lakes Conference four of the past five years and have made the State Baseball Championships in five of the last seven years, including winning the State 2A title in 2007 and finishing second in 2008. This year, the Braves are favored to win it all again!

Year after year, the Cherokee softball team is highly competitive in the rugged Lakes Conference and has experienced post-season success in the past.

We ask you to please consider donating to this wonderful cause that is long overdue. Through the years, this community is recognized as one that rolls up its sleeves and gets the job done, as our shining Middle School, WHS track and football field, Bacon Aquatics Center and Gillette Park, the CRMC Wellness Center, etc. readily shows.

Those wishing to donate to the infrastructure funds, buy a seat(s), or those with questions, can contact Booster Club treasurer Barb Schuck at 225-3056, or Boosters John Woods at 261-5542, or Mike Pitts at 225-3243. All donations are tax deductible.

Please help this project become reality.