Fans and supporters of the Altus High School football team joined together to help purchase State Championship rings for the Altus High School football team. The win against Collinsville was the first time that Altus has won the state football title since 1971.
The 12th Man Club immediately started fundraising to help purchase the rings for the players. Official championship T-shirts and caps were sold with 100% of the proceeds going toward the purchase of the rings. The last big push to earn the money for the rings was a dinner at which items such as autographed posters and footballs were sold. Bank accounts were also set up, as well as Gofundme, Kick start and Givelet accounts.
Lynna Wilmes of the 12 Man Club said, “The citizens of Altus are responsible for the gift of these rings for our boys in blue, and we want them to come out for the presentation of the rings this Sunday.”
A community-wide celebration is being held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21 at the Altus High School gymnasium for the presentation of the State Championship rings.
“We will have a meet and greet following the presentation,” said Wilmes. “Poster will also be available for the kids to be signed by their favorite players.”
The State Championship 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.”
According to Wilmes, it only took about eight weeks to cover the complete cost of the rings for the team and coaches.
“This is something we can be very proud of,” added Wilmes.
* Be sure and wear your State Championship shirts for a “Blue Out” event.
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