Football, the most expensive sport to operate, benefits from the largest fall fan base thus concession stand sales is usually the biggest fund raiser each season. At Carbondale Area, the 2010 Touchdown Club has been busy handling a few fund-raising projects simultaneously.


Friday night football brings about images of athletes rattling equipment, bands playing their instruments, cheerleaders and fans exercising their vocal cords.
While those sounds engulf a football stadium, other crucial sounds, although they can’t be heard by most spectators, are occuring simultaneously.
And, those other sounds are very crucial to the Friday night experience.
French fries sizzling in a fryer, a pizza cutter slicing along the top of a metal tray as it separates a pizza pie, the crackle of a soda can tab being opened, ketchup and mustard fizzling out of a bottle onto a hot dog or burger, the sounds are endless.
Those sounds, far away from the field, are music to the ears of parents’ clubs. For these clubs depend upon the constant rat-tat-tat of these sounds to provide much needed financial assistance to sports programs.
At every school, raising funds is a ritual that takes place during every sports season.
Football, the most expensive sport to operate, benefits from the largest fall fan base thus concession stand sales is usually the biggest fund raiser each season.
At Carbondale Area, the 2010 Touchdown Club has been busy handling a few fund-raising projects simultaneously.
With the Chargers having only four home games this season (they will have six next year),  fundraising is vital. In addition to parents organizing the usual stocking of items for games and a workforce for the stand, other fundraisers are in full gear. Last weekend, the club held a chicken barbeque.
“We sold over 400 dinners,” said club president, Ann Munifo. “The Moxie Club did a fantastic job for us preparing the dinners. Some of our football players and club members were also involved in packaging the items for the dinner.”
While the club completed one fundraiser, members have been busy the last few months with another. A 2009 Chevy Cobalt is being raffled off on October 29th and club members are busy selling the $10 raffle ticket.
At other schools, various football clubs are doing various fundraisrs for their programs.
While football is the most recognizable sport and has the largest fan base of the fall sports, other clubs are working equally hard in providing assistance to their programs whether it be soccer, golf, or other fall sports.
The sights and sounds of the high school sports scene is enhanced by monies raised away from the field of play. Those sounds on the field and around the field are all part of the enjoyable spectator experience at a game or match.
But, it’s those other sounds, they provide the extra funds for the pageantry and other necessities of the high school sports world.