Fans and supporters of the Altus High School football team have been joining together to help purchase State Championship rings for the Altus Bulldog football team. The team won the Class 5A State Championship earlier this month.
The Altus community has been 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.
Official championship T-shirts and caps have been sold with 100% of the proceeds going toward the purchase of the rings.
“We’re over halfway there,” said Wilmes. “But there’s still more work to do! Thanks to everyone who has donated or purchased items. We have raised over $23,000 toward our $40,000 goal. There’s still time to get great State Championship merchandise and help us get there.”
Other 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, Frazer Bank, 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.”
After the rings get here, 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.
You can also help by making a tax deductible donation online at http://giv.lt/1TztDlw.