The MHS Football Parent Group is dedicated to providing logistical support for the student athletes and coaching staff for the Indians football program. The football program offers training for over 125 student athletes each year and takes considerable organization to make sure the program is successful during a 2-month fall season. Student athletes have the opportunity to participate in all four years from freshman to their senior year, but the time can go by quickly. Being involved is a great way to meet other parents and to help continue the long-standing traditions that are important to our student athletes. Please consider helping out and getting involved, even if it is to volunteer to help out with only one or two events. The players and coaching staff greatly appreciate your support.
Fundraising – The football parent group holds several fundraising events during the summer and the fall football season. A majority of the funds are used to purchase meals for players around game days. Fundraising benefits the players and coaching staff with meals before and after away games, the end of year banquet, rental of buses for camps and playoff games, and training supplies for the weight room.
Hot Dog Feed – Grilled hot dogs, chips, fruits, vegetables, cookies and drinks are provided for football players and families after the Saturday morning scrimmage at the end of the first week of practice. The 2015 hot dog feed will be held Saturday, September 22.
Annual Barbeque – The BBQ fundraiser includes a barbeque sandwich, chips, drink, and cookie for only $5. Parents are asked to help with set up, serving, and clean up. The Wolf family have kindly helped out with grilling for this event in recent years. The 2015 BBQ will be held on Friday, October 9, when Manhattan High hosts Junction City for the Silver Trophy game. Hyvee has kindly donated food for this event in Fall 2015.
Pre-Game Meals – The Thursday evening before every varsity game that is either a home or away game, we feed ~75 JV/Varsity football players. A Senior family is in charge of the menu and will let the other four families who volunteered to help for that date know what to bring.
Sack Lunches for Away Games – Sack lunches are assembled at the KSU Meat Lab on Thursdays afternoons before each away games for JV/varsity players to take on the bus. Sack lunches include two sandwiches, fruit, cookies and a drink. Lunches are stored in the cooler overnight and dropped off at the high school when the players board the bus on Friday afternoon.
Post Game Meals for Away Games – The Varsity team will eat at a restaurant after away games. MHS Football Parents pay for the meals.
Saturday Morning Breakfasts – Saturday mornings come early after a Friday night game. We provide breakfast for the JV/varsity players every Saturday morning as they watch film and have a light workout. The Wolf family have kindly made this event possible by rising early every Saturday morning to cook breakfast for ~75 student athletes.
Clothing Sales – Performance Wear orders for players are taken in the late Spring and early Summer. Spirit wear for players and fans is designed and sold at games and other school events.
Fireworks Stand – For the past three years, the Football Parents Group has organized a fireworks stand over the July 4 weekend. The event requires 2 coordinators, and 6 parents and players for 4-hour shifts throughout a ~4-day weekend. The Parents Group receives a portion of the sales and the fireworks stand has been one of the most successful fundraisers of the year.
Basketball Concessions – One of the main fundraisers for the MHS Football Parents Group has been to work the concession stands at Bramlage Coliseum during the K-State basketball games. Carrie Andrade has kindly organized the basketball concessions for this winter as a fundraiser for the Fall 2016 football season. The concessions are operated by Sodexo, and they share profits with the MHS Football Parents Group. The usual routine is to show up an hour or two before game time, wear a purple shirt, and come through the entrance on the southeast corner of the stadium. Parents and players then help with setup of the concession stand, prepare food like popcorn and hot dogs, run the cash registers, sell food and drinks through the end of half time, and then usually close down and cash out when the basketball game is in the fourth quarter. No past experience is needed, and the Sodexo employees will give on the spot training for all tasks. Time slots are ~3-4 hours, depending on the game. Some games are pretty hectic, but working the stands is a really fun way to meet some of the other kids and parents who are involved with MHS football. Each family is asked to assist with 4 of the 14 home games, and you are welcome to volunteer your kid, your spouse, and yourself to help out.