Danny Griffith, owner of JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, displays one of the rally towels he plans to give out Jan. 24 when the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams play Steamboat Springs at home. Griffith, a member of the newly formed Moffat County Booster Club, said he hopes the towels will help enliven the games.

Photo by Bridget Manley

Danny Griffith, owner of JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, displays one of the rally towels he plans to give out Jan. 24 when the Moffat County High School boys and girls basketball teams play Steamboat Springs at home. Griffith, a member of the newly formed Moffat County Booster Club, said he hopes the towels will help enliven the games.

Rally rousers: Booster club seeking to bolster MCHS activities

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Interview with Danny Griffith, Moffat County Booster Club member

 Interview with Danny Griffith, Moffat County Booster Club member

Interview with Danny Griffith, Moffat County Booster Club member

If you go …

What: Moffat County Booster Club meeting

When: 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26

Where: Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane.

— The meeting is open to the public.

Quotable:

“I think we need to get behind our kids and show that people in the community care about them.”

— Jeff Pleasant, Moffat County Booster Club member, on the newly formed group’s attempts to draw a bigger crowd to local sporting events

Move over, Pittsburgh Steelers. There’s a new Terrible Towel in town.

Technically, it’s called a rally towel, said Danny Griffith, owner of JW Snack’s Bar and Grill, but the purpose is the same — stir up fan excitement, and with any luck, maybe rattle the visiting team some.

Griffith and Chaos Ink partnered to buy nearly 300 towels in the Bulldog blue and white.

Griffith plans to give them away to anyone wearing MCHS colors when the Bulldogs take on the Steamboat Springs Sailors on Jan. 24 at MCHS.

“I’m going to stand at the gate and hand them out to try to create a little excitement and enthusiasm in the fans,” he said.

Griffith is a member of the newly formed Moffat County Booster Club, a group designed to support local school activities, financially and otherwise.

Drawing a larger crowd to local sporting events is an intrinsic part of that mission, said Jeff Pleasant, booster club member and Rehabilitation Services of Craig administrator.

“I think we need to get behind our kids and show that people in the community care about them,” he said. “… We need to show the coaches that we care about them” and make it easier for them to succeed.

The group met with the Moffat County School District activities council last week to discuss its goals and mission with coaches and administrators.

The group is still young and is in the process of getting its nonprofit status. Ultimately, club members hope to raise funds not only for athletics but also for other school activities.

MCHS Athletic Director Jeff Simon can attest to the costs associated with high school sports.

“Transportation is a huge expense for us,” he said.

Traveling costs have gone up recently, he said, and he doesn’t foresee them dropping anytime soon. The high school will move down to Class 3A in the 2012-13 school year, which means athletes will compete against more distant schools like Gunnison.

“It’s pretty tough,” he said.

Yet the booster club isn’t focused solely on dollars and cents. Members also intend to support coaches and students, as well as draw bigger crowds to local sporting events.

The group attempted to tackle the latter task at the MCHS boys and girls basketball games at the high school Friday night. It organized a brief basketball game that pitted the Bulldog mascot against MCHS Principal Thom Schnellinger.

Griffith donated $100 worth of gift certificates, which were awarded to crowd members.

The booster club is planning to put on other activities during the Bulldogs’ home wrestling matches Thursday.

“I think it’s exciting that they want to do more than just do things financially for us,” Simon said. “They were all willing to jump in and roll up their sleeves and help us out, and I think that’s fantastic.”

Griffith hopes the rally towels will help breathe life into games he believes lack entertainment present at many major sporting events.

“I feel that whether it’s high school, college or a professional team … the game itself cannot sustain the entertainment,” Griffith said. “You’ve got to have more going on.

“If there was more entertainment, I think more people would go to the games.”

The next Moffat County Booster Club meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Jan. 26 at the MCHS library, 900 Finley Lane. The meeting will include election of officers and is open to the public.

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