It's that time of year again where youth and coaches will again be knocking on the doors for the annual Estherville Lincoln Central Booster Club Membership Drive.
The event provides nearly all the funding for the booster club, which uses that money to for all ELC athletes.
"We just try to do as much as we can to benefit ELC athletics and help them improve," said ELC Booster Club President Chris Quastad.
This week's membership drive is 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 15. Coaches, parents and athletes will go door-to-door asking all residents to become an ELC Booster Club member. Any donation will be accepted.
Residents who donate $125 or more will receive a pass to all home athletic events throughout the 2013-14 school year and have their names placed on the ELC Booster Club Membership Plaque at the high school.
Uniforms are a big part of the booster club's annual budgets.
This year, the club has budgeted over $17,000 for uniforms. That may seem high this year, but the booster club plans to buy one new set of varsity uniforms at a cost of over $8,000.
Other uniform items include girls' tennis shirts and skirts, junior varsity wrestling warm-ups and middle school wrestling singlets, new cross country varsity uniforms and new sweats for boys track. The budget includes annual awards of $900 for baseball hats, $500 for softball socks and $1,000 for dance team outfits.
The booster club also makes a yearly gift for the ELC weight room.
"That's something all athletes use," Quastad noted.
The booster club will also help youth and coaches attend camps or the coaches to attend clinics.
"Anything we can to help the coaches athletes get better, we'll try to do," said Quastad.
The booster club sponsored team camps for girls and' boys basketball last year as well as a golf camp for any athlete in grades 7-12.
"We're also trying to get youth excited about ELC sports," said Quastad.
Last year, the club hosted a "Welcome to ELC Athletics" event for football, cross-country, basketball and wrestling. They plan those events again for this year.
The camp educates them about the sport and then the youth make a tunnel for the varsity athletes.
For golf last year, the booster club paid for bags as well as nets and mats so the athletes could tee-up indoors. With the wet spring in 2013, that helped.
They booster club does some other behinds-the-scenes tasks like painting the end zones on the football field.
Recently they also helped with the new trophy cases at the high school
They also annually provide two scholarships-one each to a male and female athlete, who was a letterwinner.
"We just put the names into a hat and pick one of each," said Quastad.
If ELC teams don't qualify for a state event, they will pay for ELC athletic teams to watch state games. The booster club also helps pay for pep buses to state events.
Besides Thursday's membership drive, other upcoming events are the coaches' breakfast on Tuesday, Aug. 13, the tailgate supper from 5:30-8 p.m. at the ELC Fall Showcase on Friday, Aug. 23 and a golf outing on Sept. 7 at the Estherville Golf Course.
"We also give a big thank you to (athletic director) Brad Leonard and (athletic secretary) Jo Lutz for all they do for us," said Quastad.