Club formed to help Green Wave athletics

  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A new organization formed to raise funds and support for all Summerville High School athletic programs will kick off its first membership drive during the Flowertown Festival.
The Summerville High School Athletic Club will have a booth at the festival April 5-7 where club representatives will explain the SHAC mission and register new members.
“Around here a lot of people have the mentality that everything revolves around football but Summerville High School has had a lot of success and won state championships in other sports,” club president Converse Chellis said. “We want to spread the word that this club has been formed to help all Green Wave sports programs grow. The club is open to the public and anyone can join.”
Chellis, who lettered in football and soccer as a SHS student athlete, says the vision for the club came from coach Steve Wilson who in his traveling with Green Wave sports teams noticed other schools, particularly some in the upper part of the state, had better athletic facilities than his school. The new booster club would not replace existing SHS booster clubs but rather supplement their efforts.
“Summerville athletics has taken a backseat to the elite programs across the state in terms of facilities and general athletic funding,” Chellis said. “I feel our lack of proactive leadership from a true booster club has contributed to this demise. The SHAC will provide a platform, not only from a monetary standpoint, but from a leadership and managerial standpoint, that will allow us to exceed as a program and ultimately return to a dominant power in all sports.”
One of the club’s top priorities is building a new facility on the SHS campus. While plans have not been finalized, that facility could include a gymnasium, wrestling room, locker rooms, training room and coaches offices that would free up space inside the school’s existing facilities.
The club has officers in place and is looking to launch a capital campaign soon. In addition to Chellis, officers include Preston Giet (vice president), Shawn Tucker (secretary), Jan Waring Woods (treasurer), JJ Messervy (acting past president), Bo Blanton (board member), Sharon Millhouse (board member), Tom Hart (board member) and Edward Tupper (board member).
“I want to make a difference in this project,” said Millhouse, who lettered in track and cheerleading at SHS. “I love my alma mater and to be able to help is an honor. Our school used to be number one in everything. To see this project get off the ground and see our athletic department have a state of the art building for all sports would mean the world to me.”
The club is offering four basic levels of membership. Student Memberships are available for $10 and include a SHAC decal and entry into school pep rallies. Individual Memberships are $25 and include a decal and vote at the club’s annual meeting. Family Memberships are $50 and include two decals and two votes at the meeting. Wave Memberships are $100 and include two decals, two votes, a T-shirt and access to the SHAC Lounge where members and a guest can enjoy refreshments and a meet-and-greet prior to home football games. The lounge will be in the building right next to the Green Wave locker room at Memorial Stadium.
Anyone interested in a membership or corporate sponsorship can email the club at shacbooster@gmail.com or drop by the booth at the festival.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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