PackAttack Posted October 19, 2013 Report Share Posted October 19, 2013 As I’m sure all of you Panther fans know, the Lufkin Sideliners Club, which is one of the big booster clubs for our football team, dates all the way back to the early 1940’s. However, some may not know what we do at all and how we are involved. You don't need have a child in Lufkin ISD, mine have been gone since 2001 and there are many others who have stuck around long after their children have graduated and continue to serve.There is a BIG reason why I post this article after comments I heard last night about the Sideliners Club from some totally uninformed folks. I challenge anyone to take up the spear of volunteering to do this work for the kids and if not should keep any negative comments about us and to me, to themselves. It was all I could do last night to stay cordial about things said and I did stay respectful. It's also what happens when someone only hears 1/2 of a conversation and then reacts to only the part they heard. Which was the word "Lose". Not going to explain any further, because the whole thing was ridiculous. There are many who wear the Sideliner hat and shirt who are not active in what we do or ever attend a meeting. They pay their $75 bucks for a hat and shirt and that is the last we ever see of them, if ever we do see them at all. We still Thank you for that support. However, we do hope you will consider finding out more about us and being more involved with the organization and supporting the kids at LHS.This is a reprint article, that has been updated a little, originally written by Gary Ivins for the LDN.During the mid-1980s, for one reason or another, Coach Pat Culpepper did away with the once proud booster club. Some thought him to be a real nut job, just don't know.So to say things were not in good shape back in 1995 when Coach John Outlaw was brought in would be an understatement. Then in the summer of 1995 after Coach Outlaw was hired, he got a phone call and an invitation for lunch.Of course, Coach Outlaw, not one to pass up a free meal, met with two longtime Panther fans at Pit Stop BBQ, Mike Capps and the late Carl “Doaker” Williams.And what was supposed to be a simple lunch turned into the beginning of the resurgence of the Lufkin Sideliners Club, one of the top booster clubs in the state.It started off with just a couple of early projects. Dressing rooms and the press box at Abe Martin Stadium were in bad shape.Coach Outlaw needed an AC unit and stools, desk and chairs for the coaches’ office, computer equipment to help scout opponents and the weights and height of our kids — basic things of course.So the first thing “Doaker” and Mr. Capps did was call another big Panther fan, Mr. Artie Dixon. And of course Mr. Dixon was there to help, installing a window unit and bringing in furniture the next day.The next step was to get set up as a charity and non-profit organization. For that the guys turned to Bill Ricks, with The Zeleskey Law Firm.Then there was the meeting right before the 1995 season with about 30 Panther fans present. Mike Capps was nominated as the president and just like that, the Sideliners Club was back.Now most of us see everything the Lufkin Sideliners Club has provided for Lufkin ISD, from the renovation of the press box, new lights and dressing rooms at Abe Martin, to teaming with Lufkin Coca-Cola to bring the Packtron to Lufkin, to the inflatable Pack helmet that you see at every game, even on the road.There are special fans such as current president Todd Kassaw. There is Randy Odom and Mark Jackuback, who for 10 years make sure the Pack Helmet and tunnel are transported and set up at Panther every game, weather permitting, Oscar Kennedy, Judge Paul White, Steve Lewis, Charles Randall, Gary McCoy and many others who travel to every road game at their own expense to have our Panthers looking good.But those are just some of the things you see about the Sideliner Panther booster club. Not only do the Sideliners team up with the Mothers Club to help our kids in any way they can, they also provide for all Panther sports.If Coach Ouick needs nets for the soccer team, he calls the Sideliners. Repairs at Panther Gym? Call the Sideliners. Help with getting cheerleaders to nationals? Call the Sideliners. Debate team needs help? Call the Sideliners.And those are just some of the things the Lufkin Sideliners Club has helped with, there are too many to mention here.However, what the Sideliners are the most proud of — are the more than $150,000 of scholarships that have been handed out over the last 16-plus years to Lufkin Panther athletes.So you see, the Lufkin Sideliners do a lot to help the student athletes here in Lufkin and we are very fortunate to have the Mothers Club from a football perspective and the Lufkin Sideliners Club from an athletic program perspective.And while some may believe that sometimes people get too involved and wrapped up in sports, I know a group of guys that feel the same way I do.High school sports can do a lot of good for many different reasons. They help kids get opportunities both athletically and academically, and it can bring a community together like nothing else I’ve ever seen.Where else can you look up and see 10,000 fans from so many different backgrounds cheering for the same thing?At Abe Martin Stadium and John Outlaw Field, that’s where! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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