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Bricks, videos to pave way for Boonsboro High stadium upgrades

December 24, 2007|By JANET HEIM

BOONSBORO - As the hunt for the perfect holiday gift winds down this week, Coach Dwight Scott has some suggestions for fans of Boonsboro athletics: Why not consider a commemorative brick or a videocassette that chronicles Warrior football from 1959 to 1999?

Both are fundraisers to help the Boonsboro Athletic Boosters Inc. raise money for halftime rooms for home and visiting football and soccer teams. Currently, time and the distance to the school make it difficult for teams to make the trek up to the high school during halftime.

The estimated cost for the stadium addition project is $250,000 for basic facilities with restrooms. The BABI has committed to raising $53,000, with the remainder coming from other sources, said Scott, project coordinator.

So far, the boosters organization has raised more than $12,000. Another funding option that Scott is pursuing is to find donors - service groups, individuals, businesses and alumni classes - to donate at least $250.

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An illuminated plaque on a wall of the stadium addition would include the names of those who participate. The goal is to have the funding in place by June 2009, the 50th anniversary of Boonsboro High football.

That would allow construction to take place over the summer so the facilities could be ready for the 2009 fall season.

Scott said they're getting ready to build the steps for the foundation for the Walk of Fame where the commemorative bricks will go. The Walk of Fame will be at the bottom of the hill between the athletic boosters trailer and the stadium concession stand.

After Scott retired, he had two big goals in mind. The first was to leave something lasting for track and field, which he did with the completion of the new track and additional track seating. As the coach who began the football program at the high school, he also wanted to do something for that program.

"From day one, we've had to be creative about fundraising," Scott said.

The commemorative bricks can be used to remember an individual or group in a personal and permanent way. Scott said he's received orders from as far away as Florida from alumni who saw the order form in the newspaper online in November.

A single brick costs $60, with three lines of 15 characters or spaces. A double brick costs $120 with five lines of 15 characters or spaces.

The football video, which costs $30, features 90 minutes of highlights from 68 games against 22 opponents.

To participate in either fundraiser, go to www.nofalsestarts.com or call 301-473-4336. Donations are tax-deductible.

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