Fairbury Booster Club Raises Jeff Spirit
The voice of Husker Womens Basketball offered his advice and inspiration at the 2016 Booster Bash, encouraging people to find out who they want to be and to overcome adversity.
Coatney explained that having teens involved in activities, whether they choose to participate in sports or the fine arts, is crucial. That is why showing support for those activities is important.
“These events bring everyone together,” said Coatney. “It’s really what makes America great, I think. What keeps me going is every year is traveling with these college students. It keeps me up on a lot of things, and most importantly, it keeps me young. That’s why it’s very important to have these activities because it helps people make connections, which is really important for people their age.”
He encourages students to stay active in their schools and in their communities. He believes that activity will set them up for success later in life.
“They’re so impressionable at that age,” Coatney said. “Everybody grows up at a different rate; they come from different backgrounds, different homes, but they’re starting to figure things out at this age. That’s another reason to become involved. It becomes a part of your identity, and it stays with you forever.”
President of the Booster Club Cheryl Trimm emphasized how grateful she was to have the community support the organization. She explained that the board members for the Booster Club helped to serve food at the event. The turnout for the event, Trimm noted, remained in line with the turnout from previous years.
“The turnout to me looks really great,” said Trimm. “We’ve had a pretty steady stream through here of parents, community members, students and athletes. It’s just going really well!”
The Booster Club stays active in the community, Trimm explained. Currently, they are working to raise funds for a special project at Fairbury High School to recognize accomplishments. She hopes that even more people will join the Booster Club to help show support for the students at Fairbury’s schools.
“Our mission is to support the youth of Fairbury Public Schools and activities,” Trimm said. “Our main fundraising right now is for contributing to put more leader boards up to recognize those achievements.”
Coatney, who noted that he has several friends in Jefferson County, stated that he always enjoys coming to Fairbury and seeing how supportive the community is. He is grateful that the Booster Club invited him to speak. He offered some advice for teenagers debating whether to take an active role in their community.
“The best thing I can say is listen to your teachers, listen to your coaches, and understand that this is the best time of your life,” said Coatney. “Enjoy it. If you don’t like what you’re doing, try something else. Just don’t stop trying because eventually you’re going to find something you like. What you like now may not be what you like 10 years from now, but you need to try a lot of things so you can find out what you do like.”
To see a portion of Coatney’s speech, check out the Fairbury News Now Facebook Page.