Have you ever bitten off more than you were prepared to chew? Holy crapola!
So my oldest DD is a competitive cheerleader. My middle dd is a competitive gymnast, and my youngest is on her way to team gym too. They are all out of the same gym. It's not cheap by any stretch of the imagination.
I have always thought it was odd that our gym had no booster clubs for team gym or cheer, but last year was our first year.
The gym itself has been around a long while, but cheer is only entering its third year. They are an All-Star competitive program only. We are in the process of forming our new teams and recruiting members. A dear friend of mine had her daughter come to open practice and the coach asked her to join before official tryouts. After getting all of the info on costs and such and then presenting it to her husband, he immediately said NO when he found out there was no booster club to help offset costs. It got me thinking. It is extremely expensive, we don't have a booster or even a unified fundraising effort. I wondered how many others chose not to join for this reason. I know my family could use the additional funds, who couldn't?
So Monday I sent a mass FB email convo out about it and suggested we start an actual 501c3 booster.
Parents were all gung ho and the coach was thrilled to hear it.
Then I started researching what it entails, what we need to do, etc. I called my dear friend I mentioned earlier and told her what I had done. She just exhaled like I knocked the wind out of her. I told her that my initial reasoning was to find a way for her daughter to be allowed on the team, and then thought of all the other reasons this was going to be great, not only for our teams, but for the gym as a whole. She asked me if I had any idea what I was getting into and if I had forgotten to take my meds. LOL I said sure I know! We are starting a booster! That's awesome right?
We had our first meeting to elect a board and hash out other things tonight...
I now know why my friend reacted the way she did. Holy balls. I may as well have put a gun to my head.
I am now co President by default with another mom who works full time and didn't think she could commit by herself. She had set up an entire pop Warner football and cheer program for her city, and their booster, 4 years ago. I saw the same pained look on her face tonight that I heard in my girlfriends voice when I told her my plan.
My friend I mentioned was President of PTA and her daughters competitive dance team booster. She filled me in on everything after the meeting tonight that I will be facing. I am kinda in a state of shock. Lol
I will see this through, and won't give up, but dayum.... What did I GET myself into?!? ;-)
Have you ever opened your big mouth before knowing all the facts of the project you decided to spearhead?