Community rallies together to support Prosper Eagles
Prosper High School athletics and band departments celebrated the beginning of the fall season with a community rally on Saturday, August 14th. This event, held at the stadium, provided an opportunity for parents, siblings, and neighbors to come together and celebrate the various teams that will compete in the fall. The event had the atmosphere of a traditional Friday night football game, with concessions and people dressed in school colors.
The Dawkins family came to support the students.
“This is a family event,” Edwin Dawkins said. “We wanted to bring our son Carter out to see the high school sports to inspire him and let him see what his future may be like. He has been playing a few different positions since we moved here to Prosper two years ago. We want him to see this big stadium and let him know that if he works hard, he can play here too.”
Sisters Scout and Scarlet came to the event to support their big sister, who is a cheerleader.
“My sister has been practicing for cheer. I am four years old, but I already play soccer. Maybe I can play at this school,” Scout said.
The Prosper Cheer Booster Club used this opportunity to promote the club, raise money, and support Prosper.
“The coaches are introducing all the fall sports,” Kirsten McCurry said. “Obviously high school sports are big here in Texas, and especially important here in Prosper. This is an opportunity to introduce the community to all the different sports that we have here at the high school. People often come out to the football games, but we also have swim and dive, cross country, golf, as well as cheer, drill team, and band.”
“These younger kids often idolize the older kids, and this is a way to show the younger kids what they can do in the future,” McCurry said. “This is such a fun community event for the whole family. We really love it when younger children come out and see the different events. Prosper offers so many different activities and it really is neat to see the children try them out.”
Kaiden Booker is a junior at the high school and plays defensive end on the football team.
“It is so motivating to see so many people in the stands, supporting us,” Booker said.. “People came out to show they love and support us. It is tough in the summer to get up early and practice in the heat. Nobody wants to get up at six in the morning in the summer. It is important for us to practice to be successful in the fall, but it is tough to stay motivated. That event really helped us remember why we are working so hard.”
“It is humbling to know that children are in the stands looking up to us,” Booker said. “It is a once in a lifetime opportunity to be out there playing, with kids looking at us, hoping to be where we are someday. We are bringing it this year. This season is going to be amazing and we are going to play hard for our Prosper community. Our coaches have been working us hard and we are ready to play.”
All Prosper High School sports events are open to the public. Information and the schedules are available on the school website.