Thursday March 31, 2016
The South Burlington Rebel Boosters are a group of volunteers who work to provide supplemental financial support to promote the growth and success of South Burlington High School (SBHS) athletics and leadership programs. Through fundraising and concession stand proceeds, the Rebel Boosters make substantial contributions to SBHS athletic teams at coaches’ requests, and athletic scholarships through the South Burlington Foundation. Funds from the Boosters help provide leadership training, scholarships, championship plaques and banners, and equipment not covered by the school budget such as batting cages, electronic timing system, indoor training, shoot-around-machine, end-zone play clocks, and much more. In the past three years alone, the SB Rebel Boosters have contributed over $71,000 to help make a difference in the school’s athletic program.
As a Rebel alumnus, Booster Co-President Leslie Freedman speaks from her unique perspective, “The Rebel Boosters is a dynamic group of parents dedicated to supporting the athletic program at SBHS. We all believe that athletics can have a huge impact on children’s social and physical development and that the resulting lessons and friendships will benefit students throughout their entire lives. As a Rebel alum and now a parent supporting my own children as they have taken part in different athletic teams at Frederick H. Tuttle Middle School (FHTMS) and SBHS over the past 15 years, it is important to me to be able to ‘pay it forward.’ Working with an amazing group of individuals that volunteer their time and energy is such a great way to take part in supporting our athletes.” Freedman believes the Boosters’ presence reiterates the importance of athletic programs in our schools, and appreciates the opportunity “to be a positive role model for my children and the many athletes we interact with during the different sports seasons,” she said.
The SB Rebel Boosters have two major fundraising events during the year. The Ski/Board Swap is held in the fall and their Calcutta event occurs in the spring. Additionally, funds are raised throughout the year from concessions and Rebel wear sales proceeds. Another Booster fundraising project is ShoeBox Recycling where footwear is collected in boxes at SBHS and FHTMS. According to Boosters Co-President, Christy Beltrami Yager, “Once the box is filled, it is shipped to partners in developing countries like Sierra Leone, where they are cleaned and resold at an affordable price. ShoeBox pays organizations for their recycled shoes by weight. It’s a win-win.”
In addition, South Burlington Rebel Boosters organizes the SBHS charitable fundraiser Coaches vs. Cancer, which benefits the American Cancer Society. This year that effort raised over $1,800 for cancer research.
Beltrami Yager says, “The South Burlington community is seriously proud of their Rebels. What impresses me the most about the Boosters is the consistent level of talent, vision, and commitment from its members. They are selfless, authentic people who are passionate about working together to support our athletic programs and student athletes. Our children are learning fantastic life lessons through sports . . . wonderful things like balance, perseverance, physical and mental strength, leadership and team work! Absolutely, these are lessons taught in the classroom, but team sports affirm those qualities and give students a hands-on opportunity to practice those lessons. I’m very proud, as a Booster, to support that effort.”
12th Annual Calcutta Bash
Saturday, April 9
Comfort Suites, Sunset Ballroom
1712 Shelburne Road
The South Burlington Rebel Boosters Association is hosting their 12th Annual Calcutta Bash Saturday, April 9, 6 p.m. at the Sunset Ballroom at Comfort Suites on Shelburne Road. The Calcutta Bash is the Boosters’ largest single-day fundraiser, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to support South Burlington athletes and athletic teams.
The Calcutta’s grand prize is $1,000 cash. In addition, South Burlington businesses have donated over $4,000 worth of prizes. This year, “insurance” (which gives participants a second chance) is available for purchase at the door. Other special events at the Calcutta include a silent auction and a photo booth.
The South Burlington Rebel Boosters remind everyone, “To come out and support the athletes! Bring your game face and a little lady luck!”
Questions about the Calcutta, including ticket cost and how to play, may be directed to Rebel Boosters Co-Presidents, Christy Beltrami Yager, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Leslie Freedman, email@example.com, or to Calcutta Chairperson Lisa Levite at firstname.lastname@example.org. To reserve your spot, contact Lynn Kynoch at 802-652-7578, email@example.com.