I just finished hosting this year's first meeting of the Booster Club. Our first order of business was to come up with a slogan that we can use on all of our advertising for the year, specifically with the intent of driving more participation and enthusiasm from the community in general, which, was a request specifically made by the football coach.
I suggested banners with the slogan Hoist the Colors! Pirates Sail Tonight, to be displayed on game days both at the school and in the businesses downtown. We've never tried to involve the businesses and I don't know why; I think the business owners will be both cooperative and enthusiastic.
I was a little nervous to suggest the slogan, afraid it might be too "out there" or that they wouldn't "get" it, but, to my relief, it went over really well. We also decided to order small rally towels, to sell at home games, so, when the cheerleaders give the rally cry "Hoist the colors!", people can wave them in response.
Once that was decided, the ball really got rolling, thanks in part to the cheerleading sponsor, who really likes the concept; she suggested that we also purchase a pirate flag to run up the flagpole prior to the raising of the American flag and the playing of the national anthem. Once that suggestion was made, it evolved in to flying the flag on a secondary flagpole at the school all day on every home game day.
In short, there is a lot that we can do with the Hoist the Colors theme. I'm so glad I sucked it up and suggested it.
I'm also glad that we had such a good turnout for the meeting, we really accomplished a lot and I got to spend time with a group of Senior moms who are just as excited about making memories with their sons as I am about making them with the Cub.
These are my People and we are in this fight, together. Hoist the Colors, indeed.