Monday, July 31, 2023 - The Sallisaw Black Diamond Club is having a membership invitation Meet and Greet on Monday, July 31.
Activities kick off at 5 p.m. at the Olde Feed Barn located at 1405 S Kerr Blvd, Sallisaw.
The Black Diamond Club was established in the Spring of 2021 with the purpose of supporting Sallisaw High School students and organization.
"The Sallisaw Black Diamond Club is an entity designed to bring all of our boosters together, not to take their place, but to bring them all together in hopes to help support all student organizations 9th through 12th grade," stated Treye Girdner, club co-president.
Girdner and Eric Carter are founding members and co-presidents of the Black Diamond Club.
Money raised by the Black Diamond Club goes towards supporting the needs of all Sallisaw students grade 9-12. The club works to support all sports, clubs, and organization within these grades.
Girdner said that the club has already made substantial cash donations to several groups and events including the Junior/Senior prom, SHS cheerleaders, and SHS football, basketball, soccer and baseball teams.
The official Mission Statement of the group states: "Black Diamond Club is a community group that fosters loyalty and Black Diamond pride through genuine encouragement and volunteer support of excellence, conduct and participation at all levels of sports and activities by our Sallisaw students 9th-12th grade."
The group aims to support SHS students without taking funding away from the traditional booster clubs. All fundraising is done through membership dues and an annual youth league football Jamboree, according to Girdner. This allows the group to not have a need to approach local businesses for financial support which could take money from booster clubs.
On August 19, the Black Diamond Club will be hosting their 2nd youth league Jamboree that will include 28 different teams participating in the event. Since the club only meets two or three times per year, this Jamboree will be a focal point in terms of fundraising for the club.
Anyone interested in supporting SHS student activities are welcome to join. Alumni, parents, grandparents and all SHS fans are encouraged to attend Monday's meeting to see what the club is all about.
There are multiple membership options available if interested. More information involving the Jamboree and club memberships will be given out on Monday during the meet and greet.
Kenneth Holzhammer, KXMX Staff Writer
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