Junior Highlander Club Offers New Opportunities for Early Childhood and Lower School Students To Support Heathwood Athletics

Monday, August 22, 2016

The Highlander Club is excited to announce that it’s re-launching its athletic booster program for Heathwood’s youngest students—the Junior Highlander Club.

Open to families with preschool-4th-grade students, membership in the Junior Highlander Club comes with two season passes to home games for all Heathwood sports, a Junior Highlander Club t-shirt, and six tickets for popcorn or snow cones, redeemable at Heathwood athletic events. Membership is $50, with t-shirts and coupons for additional children available for $10.

“The Junior Highlander Club is a great way to encourage our students to attend our sporting events and get to know the Heathwood community outside of the classroom,” says Highlander Club President JoLee Gudmundson. “We want all ages to feel engaged in Heathwood Athletics while cheering our teams to victory.”

We asked JoLee to tell us more about the Junior Highlander Club, the role even the youngest students can play in supporting Heathwood athletics, and why all Heathwood families should consider joining the Highlander Club.  Here’s what she had to say:

—What is the core mission of the Highlander Club?

We provide additional financial support and to encourage participation in extra-curricular activities of our school. Funds raised are directed to “non-budgeted” items that are considered necessary to enhance our student, fan, and audience experience.

—What are the benefits of membership in the Junior Highlander Club—and the Highlander Club in general?

The Highlander Club extends its hand to Heathwood parents to become better engaged in our school community. Supporting Highlander Athletics as a family builds a strong athletic community. The booster club is always recruiting volunteers, because you and your children are the future of Highlander Athletics. Come join us and let’s make the difference together.  

—Why should families whose kids aren’t old enough to play sports yet still support the Highlander Club? 

Sporting events offer great opportunities for our Heathwood families to come together in a social atmosphere and cheer on our student athletes. We will have concessions open at all Friday night home football games—so moms and dads won’t have to cook supper those nights! Most games kick off at 7 p.m. or 7:30 p.m.  

What are some of the things the Highlander Club has done recently to support Heathwood athletics? 

Last year the Highlander Club made a $100,000 commitment to the Tourville Center for Strength, Conditioning, and Rehabilitation. We made our first annual payment of $25,000, which will be used for the purchase of all the strength equipment. This center will be used by all Heathwood Students, and our youngest students will get the most value and use for years to come out of this exciting project.

This summer we made some much-needed repairs and refreshing of our main concession stand. Additionally, we purchased the Accu-Spike system for our volleyball team, safety netting for our fields, cages and turf, plus screens for the baseball team, in-site helmet monitors for the football team, HUDL and Cross Over Software for our football and basketball teams respectfully.  There are many other initiatives underway, and we really are very excited about our 2016-2107 school year.

—Why is it important for HHES to have a strong athletics booster club?

When parents, alumni and our Heathwood community support the booster club, they are supporting Heathwood Athletics and all of our student athletes. As parents we want the very best for our children, and the booster club also wants the very best for your children and Heathwood Athletics.