By GRACIE LEAVITT
A large crowd of children, teens and adults braved the wind on Tuesday August 17 for the All Sports Kick-Off event hosted by the Moapa Valley High School Booster Club.
The annual event is meant to get Pirates fans excited for the upcoming sporting season. Each MVHS sports team organizes its own activity during the event. There was a lot of fun for all involved.
Members of the Moapa Valley Rotary Club were grilling burgers and hot dogs for the crowd. The food was served by members of the Booster Club.
Everyone seemed to be having a great time together at the community event.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Jorja Freeman, MVHS junior. “There are a lot of activities and things to do. And despite the wind, it’s still been pretty good so far. I like volleyball.
The girls’ golf team was set up with two golf practice mats, clubs and golf balls given to anyone who wanted to try shooting one of the holes. Team members Paige Harter and Deni Jarrell enjoyed supervising the booth and were thrilled with the season.
“This year’s team is doing really well,” said Harter. It’s the biggest team we’ve had in a while.
Members of the MVHS football team offered football activities and even a pickup or two.
MVHS Head Football Coach Brent Lewis enjoyed the community building event. “It’s awesome and very crowded,” said Lewis. “We definitely need that kind of community support for the games every Friday night. We hope the fans will rock the house and the crowd. We would appreciate that; and on the road too.
A group of foreign students were playing football in the middle of the field. Brooklyn Redd, a resident of Logandale, who is a local coordinator for international students, said that for many of these kids, this was their first time holding an American football.
“They are all doing really well,” Redd said. “They all play sports. They are delighted to be part of the spirit of the school and to have a normal school year again.
The MVHS Cheerleading Team provided a makeup booth at the event. “It’s a lifelong tradition,” said coach Cheer Desiree Stastny. “Ever since I coached and long before that, cheerleaders have been doing kick-off makeup.”
Stastny said his team’s training has gone well. “The girls are thrilled to be able to do what they couldn’t do last year,” she said.
MVHS sports programs were not the only ones represented at the event. Other organizations also had kiosks at the kickoff to seek community support.
In addition to exciting the MVHS fan base, the real focus of the All Sports Kick-Off event is a membership drive for the Booster Club.
Booster Club President Nicki Staheli was delighted with how the evening unfolded. “We are delighted that things are going so well, despite the wind,” said Staheli. “It’s fun to have everyone out there and bring the community together and be excited about the school year and sports and launching Moapa Valley Pride. I think it’s great to see the community together here and to build each other up. “
Staheli thanked Simplot Silica and Lin’s Market who made donations which made the free dinner possible.
The Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) also had a booth at the event to raise funds for an upcoming mental health resource fair to be held on September 9 at the Clark County Fairgrounds. TLC members Faith Kelly and Shaylee Adams were running the booth and handing out flyers throughout the event.
Adams said she liked the event. “It’s been really fun,” Adams said. “We raised funds for the Mental Health Show and it went really well. “
Kelly said the group was grateful for the community support they had received. The TLC was able to raise over $ 17,000 for the next Fair event.