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LHHS Athletic Booster Club trying to turn town purple on Fridays

The Lake Havasu High School Athletic Booster Club has a goal in its sights and that goal is to turn the town purple on Fridays with Purple Shirt Fridays.

On Tuesday, 23 representatives from every school in Havasu clad in purple shirts — except Havasupai Elementary — came out to give a little taste of what that goal might look like at the new Lee Barnes Stadium.

Purple Shirt Friday was started last year with the intention to combat the low attendance at high school games over the years with hopes to inspire larger community support.

A few schools and businesses participated in the inaugural year of the program, where every student and employee wears a purple shirt with the Knights logo on it, sandwiched by ‘game day’ in big white letters on top and ‘#knightup’ on the bottom.

The idea for Purple Shirt Friday started with a vision from the high school’s assistant principal and athletic director Brady Krueger.

“The idea has always been about trying to get the town behind the sports program,” Krueger said. “Trying to make sure our kids have the ability to play in front of a crowd that’s wearing all purple.

“I grew up in a small town where every football game on Friday night, the stadium was packed. That is what we are after here.”

Krueger said some sports bring in attendance better than others and over the years he has seen the numbers improve. However, the whole point of Purple Shirt Day is to get the community fired up about games and want to come to watch so the athletes feel the rush of playing in front of a packed house.

Purple Shirt Day is Krueger’s vision, but he gives all the credit to the Booster Club for getting the program up and running. In fact, he attributes a lot of what the Booster Club does to the success of the athletic department.

Last year, the Booster Club got the program going with three elementary schools — Smoketree, Nautilus and Jamaica — and a few businesses. This year, Oro Grande and Starline elementary schools have joined along with Thunderbolt middle school. The high school has been participating.

So far this year, it’s been a hit.

The first week of school, the Booster Club received around 1,500 orders from the students at the schools alone. At the football teams first home game, any student wearing their purple game day shirt can get in for $1 dollar.

“With the new field this year, we as a Booster Club pushed hard to get every school wearing purple,” Vice President of the Booster Club Tracey Culwell said. “It’s little by little, but we plan to turn this town purple.”

The plethora of businesses representing the program is NFP Insurance, Walgreens, Animal Hospital of Lake Havasu, Bagel Bin, Arizona Desert Dermatology, Joe’s Auto, RV & Truck, APC Painting, Lake Havasu Golf Club and Destination Havasu Magazine.

To join the program contact Culwell at 928-716-5823 or send an email to LHHS.athleticboosterclub@gmail.com

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