In 1981, the Homestead Booster Club was chartered with the intention of becoming a bridge between teams, the school and the community. Back then, kids got picked up by the "statue", our mascot was the Highlander, there were no official concessions (the world didn't drink water out of bottles yet, but did enjoy popcorn), ticket sales were orange raffle tickets you bought from your teachers working the door by the pay phones and spirit wear consisted of letter jackets from Burghardt's and t-shirts teams would make on their own. Boosters was just a group of dedicated parents with a desire to support athletics.
By the end of the decade, the rumblings and desire to have "lights on the field" grew louder. Negotiations with the City and the neighbors behind the "football field" who were concerned about the lights being too bright were consummated and the Boosters began raising money for the project. This was unknowingly, a watershed moment for Boosters. With lights installed and Saturday day games morphing into Friday night games, concessions were born. For the first time, funds were coming in and the Boosters could now regularly support teams.
Today, Boosters has four primary sources of funds: memberships, concessions, spirit wear sales and an annual fundraiser event. Money raised today funds equipment and uniforms, one-off needs of teams whether it be volleyball nets or a bus to an out of town tournament, and short and long-term projects that benefit teams but typically can be enjoyed by all students.
They are still run by a group of dedicated parents with a desire to support athletics and have a goal to be a bridge between teams, the school and the community. And they welcome input and support from our players, coaches, school administrators, parents and community, who have been so gracious over the years.