Fans and supporters of the Altus High School football team are joining together to help purchase State Championship rings for the players. The AHS Bulldog football team won the Class 5A State Championship last Saturday against Collinsville.
The Altus community is overflowing with excitement and joy. This is the first time that Altus has won the state football title since 1971. Lynna Wilmes is a volunteer with the” 12th Man Club ” who immediately started fundraising to help purchase the rings for the players. Thus far official championship T-shirt and cap orders are being taken with 100% of the proceeds going toward the purchase of the rings. Upcoming fundraisers will be autographed posters and footballs, and game memorabilia. Bank accounts are set up under the name “12th Man Club Ring Account ” at NBC, First National, and Stockman’s Bank. KEYB radio station will also be selling the actual game video. On Facebook there is a Gofundme, Kick start and Givelet accounts making it convenient to make donations online. Custom Graphics and David Dickerson Photography are also helping with fundraising. A rough total estimate price for the 80 to 100 rings, is around $45,000.
Altus High School head football Coach Jeremy Reed said, “It is awesome to see the amazing support from our community. The Athletic Department has received emails, letters and congratulations from everywhere, especially from the Altus Alumni. The coaches, team members and trainers will each receive a ring.”
Reed also said that they brought in their 16 seniors to help design the ring. “It is their win, and they deserve it,” said Reed. The staff and team have met with several ring companies including Crown Jewelry, Josten’s and Balfour, to help choose a ring and provider. After designing and deciding on a ring, the order and delivery time line will be about 11 weeks, and hopefully by the end of February or early March, the rings will be ready.
Coach Reed and the 12th Man Club plan to host a special event to present the rings, and give Altus fans the privilege to share in the glory of being Class 5-A state champions.
To help with fundraising or more information, contact the 12th Man Club at 580-471-2700.
Reach Mary O. Esparza at 580-482-1221 ext. 2077