Hello, my name is Ray Notarantonio, and I am the president of your Novi Athletic Boosters club. I have two daughters, both of whom have participated in Novi Athletics. My oldest, Addison, was a Varsity skier and graduated this past year. Haley, my youngest, played Varsity Field Hockey and JV Soccer this past year. Like many of you, I was involved with my kids’ sports careers early on, e.g. coached, cheered, prodded, begged…the list goes on. Also, like you, I work full-time and juggle work, family, friends and everything else that matters.
Before you know it, you start to plan your vacations around their sports’ calendars. On the plus side, you get the chance to meet a lot of great parents and kids sharing common interests and stories, like the time you drove all the way to a tournament and found out your kid left her cleats at home! Ugh. It makes for entertaining reminiscing whenever we see those folks.
Some people have asked me, “Why did you get involved with the boosters and why for heaven’s sake did you want to be president?” Well, it had to do with one of those great parents I met along the way…Jay Dooley, the former president of the Boosters. We coached our kids in parks and rec soccer years ago, and after not living in Novi for several years, my wife and I found ourselves with two kids in high school, trying to assimilate to life back in Novi. He approached me about getting involved with the Boosters, and I could see that it was really important to him, so I wanted to help. It started slow, first working concessions, then sitting on our Tastefest Committee and eventually running our Millionaire Party fund-raisers.
As I became more involved and worked closely with more Booster people, I began to realize that this was a small group, but filled with dedicated, dynamic entrepreneurs trying to make a difference…and they were!! The Boosters have given over $1 Million to the Athletic Department over the last ten years! As great as that sounds, with continued budget pressures, we need to do better in order to maintain our MIAAA/MHSAA EXEMPLARY ATHLETIC PROGRAM!
It doesn’t take much to make a difference. Whether you work a corporate job or work as a stay-at-home mom, we have a variety of projects and activities where you can start impacting your kids’ success now. I’ll bet you have some creative ideas, too.
Join us at our next Booster meeting, the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Novi High School Room 160 for an efficient and engaging discussion.