BRIGHTON — Another high school sports season is about to unfold, which means a familiar face will venture into the Brighton High School snack stand.
Beth Reynolds, whose son Conner is a senior, volunteered to work in the stand four years ago.
“I was in charge of all concessions at BHS for all sports through the umbrella booster club that came into being his freshman year,” she said. “Each sport was to pick two representatives to attend monthly booster meetings. Each of us has a job or is on a committee. I raised my hand to take inventory of concession items.”
The umbrella booster club replaced Julie Trujillo, who continues as the school’s athletic secretary. Reynolds asked for parents to work the various games. She was responsible for buying the food, preparing the cash boxes and making the deposits. Each sport that worked an event earned money for the team.
“We also had sporting events above and beyond the regular scheduling,” she said. “I organized those as well helping those sports. Doing this job flowed into summer baseball, so I continued doing that for our baseball booster club each summer until this one. I started back into the workforce. Tiffany DeMers graciously took over for this summer.”
Conner Reynolds is the starting shortstop for the Bulldogs.
“”For baseball, you see most everything, occasionally missing some plays,” Beth Reynolds said. “Other sports, it is very difficult to watch your child play and man the concession stand. In those cases, many parents offer to work a game that their child isn’t participating in. Over the years and talking with the many baseball moms from other teams we play against or tournaments we attend, it seems that’s just part of the territory.
“Working the baseball games is fun. You can see the majority of the game while in there and you are protected from sun, wind, rain and, sometimes, snow/hail,” she added. “It’s a great way to socialize and help the booster club. I am also lucky Conner plays shortstop and not right field.”
She does venture into the stands when her son plays. But, she said, “It’s a little odd just sitting there the whole game.
“Many, many of our baseball parents offer to work in there and that’s great,” she said. “Everyone knows how it all works, which is so very necessary when we have our summer baseball games and host tournaments.”
Because her son is a senior this year, she will slow down.
“Many of the parents who were part of the umbrella booster club at its inception .. their kids, like mine, will be seniors this years and are lightening their duties to enjoy their child’s senior year,” she said. “We can make room for parents with younger kids to take our place. “
In 2013, the stand raised around $10,000. The money goes toward refilling the supply and the booster club for various needs, including officials’ fees and apparel.
“It’s been lot of work and frankly more than I thought it would be when I started, but it’s also been a lot of fun and a decent challenge. I was lucky at the time to be able to have the time to do this,” she said. ”I cannot say enough on how much the entire baseball booster parents help so much with all that our booster club does. Whether it’s working in the concession stand, grilling, getting rid of the water that collects all around the stands in a big rain, field work, announcing, score board, working gates, selling apparel and now working our newest fundraiser, Tuesday night Bingo at the Oasis in Northglenn, 104th and I-25. Our parents are amazing and all work so very hard to help our program be a success.”