Lassen High School Football Boosters plan to raise funds for Arnold Field
May 15 — The Lassen High School Football Boosters have come up with several fun and creative ways to raise funds for the renovation of Arnold Field.
The boosters are offering students, athletes, alumni, local businesses and community organizations a way to permanently make their mark at Lassen High School by selling personalized bricks that will be used in the field’s renovation.
The bricks will be used to pave the walkways being put around Arnold Field and are a different color than the usual grey of cement, so they will stand out more.
The bricks are made by a company called That’s My Brick! and offer personalized characters and graphics. The bricks are eight by eight inches and can be customized with up to six lines of 18 characters. Graphics can also be added to the bricks with a three line, 18-character line limit. That’s My Brick! has many graphics to choose from, but businesses or individuals can also provide the company with their own graphic to put on the brick.
According to Don McMullen, president of the football boosters, the bricks are guaranteed for life and have been tested to ensure they can withstand almost anything. The company that makes the bricks can even remove graffiti easily without damaging the brick.
“This would be a great graduation gift … this is something you could bring your children, your grandchildren (to see),” McMullen said.
Lassen High School’s Arnold Field must be renovated because it is not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). A number of improvements must be made by November of 2014 to make the field compliant. The planned renovations will put two wheelchair-accessible viewing stations on the visitor’s side, three wheelchair-accessible viewing stations on the home side, a paved walkway with a railing that will wrap around the pit side of the field, as well as ADA-compliant parking. The Division of the State Architect has already approved the plans, however, the improvements must be completed by November of 2014 or the field could be shut down and the school could be fined.
“This impacts the whole school. If they shut the field down there’s no graduation, there’s no track, there’s no assemblies … that stuff will be gone until they get the thing done. Plus, if we don’t get it done in time there can be fines and all that stuff … it could cost even more. (Making the field ADA compliant) is going to benefit everyone,” said McMullen.
In addition to raising money through the sale of personalized paving bricks, the boosters have also partnered with the Susanville Auto Center to put on a raffle, along with an interactive and entertaining halftime show that will raise money for the program and give participants the chance to win a car.
The name of the game is “Punt, Pass, Kick.” The Lassen High School Football Boosters will sell raffle tickets to football fans, then draw tickets at home football games. The owners of the tickets will be called down to the field at halftime to punt, kick and pass a football to be entered for the chance to win a vehicle.
Participants will stand at one field goal and punt the football as far as they can toward the opposite field goal. They will then pass the football from the exact spot the ball landed on when they punted it. They must then try to kick a field goal from the spot where the ball landed when they passed it. If the participant makes the field goal, he or she will qualify to win a new vehicle from Susanville Auto Center.
Also, from now until the end of August, Susanville Auto Center is donating $75 for every new vehicle purchased and $50 for every used vehicle purchased to the Lassen High School Football Boosters.
Chad Netherly, managing partner at Susanville Auto Center, says he approached the football boosters with the idea and the offer to donate the cars for “Punt, Pass, Kick,” as well as the donations to go along with vehicles purchased between May and the end of August.
“I played high school football, so I personally have an interest in it, but that’s not the only thing. I just think it’s a really good thing for the community,” Netherly said.
The Lassen High School football boosters will decide at which games the contest will be held.
Netherly is looking forward to the upcoming football season and the contest. “It would be cool if somebody won. It would be super exciting,” he said.
According to McMullen, funds donated by Susanville Auto Center with the purchase of cars, as well as funds raised through “Punt, Pass, Kick,” will go toward the renovation of Arnold Field.
All in all, fans of Lassen High School sports have a lot to look forward to in the coming months, especially when it comes to halftime shows and fun ways to support local sports and the high school they love.
For more information on the fundraisers, visit thatsmybrick.com/grizzlypride or email McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.