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RaceTrac Contest Is On for Brandon, Durant Boosters

Who’ll take home the top prize in this year’s contest between the fans of Brandon High School football and their crosstown rivals at Durant? We’ve got the inside scoop on a great way to win the RaceTrac contest, which means more money for the top school

 

Booster parents for the Brandon High School football team, and their counterparts at Durant, are pushing fans to participate in this year’s RaceTrac competition for the top prize in a points-for-purchases contest.

"We're behind in the contest, but Brandon didn't have its first home game until Sept. 14, when we gave out [contest] key tags in the stands," said Brandon booster parent Cheryl Cabbage-Stanbro, whose son last year played with the Eagles. This year he's playing basketball only, but Cabbage-Stanbro remains active with the football boosters.

"We gave out key tags in the stands, at school, to all the coaches, the teachers and the booster parents," Cabbage-Stanbro added.

She made her comments in the hours leading up to the Brandon-Durant football game Sept. 21, which the Cougars won, 36-0. The Eagles are 0-3 in regular season play; the Cougars are undefeated (3-0).

But off the field is where the RaceTrac contest is playing out, and here's how it works:

  • Fans of the Durant Cougars go to the RaceTrac at 6050 East State Road 60 to pick up a keychain tag.
  • Fans of the Brandon Eagles go to the RaceTrac at 810 East Brandon Blvd. to pick up their keychain tags.
  • Fans have their key tags swiped every time they make a purchase at any RaceTrac gas-convenience store in West Florida (from Ocala to Naples, east to Lakeland).
  • The school that registers the highest amount of purchases through Oct. 26 will receive a percentage of those sales, up to 8 percent, and possibly higher, depending on sales, according to Elyse Connolly, community marketing and partnership manager for RaceTrac. The school in second place will recieve a percentage of sales up to 3 percent, and possibly higher as well, she added.
  • Purchases of cigarettes and gas are not counted.

But here's the catch: There is a way around the no-gas rule, which Connolly confirmed. The contest does not exclude the purchase of gift cards.

"Technically, they could buy a RaceTrac gift card and use it on fuel," Connolly said. "The gift cards counts as cash and they would get credit for that."

This is the second year RaceTrac has instituted a contest for high school sports fans to support their respective schools. Last year's contest involved the purchase of RaceTrac fountain drinks, with the winning school, Brandon, collecting a donation for $3,500 for the most drinks purchased. Durant, in second place, received $1,000, Cabbage-Stanbro said.

The contest was held for six local high schools last year but it was Brandon and Durant that particularly stood out as strong contenders.

"Brandon and Durant really got behind the program," Connolly said. And when booster parents approached her this year about repeating the program, Connolly said she found a way to do something again for those two schools, with the possibility of adding more schools again next season.

"Our goal is to make life simpler and more enjoyable in the communities we serve," she said. "When the booster parents came to us we wanted to do something for them again."

 

cheryl stanbro September 25, 2012 at 01:45 PM
Excellent! Thank you to Brandon Patch for supporting our efforts to bring donations into school athletics and drawing attention to programs through local businesses which assist us in our efforts! Brandon High School turns 100 in 2014 and we're trying hard to build momentum going into that school year. In an economy like we are all experiencing, lots of programs are being defunded. While academics is most definitely the most important focus for all schools, athletics is a big part of the high school and youth experience. It’s very important in a child’s all around development. An article published from the University of Florida: Importance of Youth Involvement in Sports says; "Team sports provide children and youth with many opportunities to grow physically and socially, as well as emotionally. Moreover, physical activities with other children allow them to build social skills through peer interaction." The full article can be found by using this link; http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fy1001
cheryl stanbro September 25, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Brandon is a small community in conflict regarding their loyalty to Brandon High School. You'd think it would be a breeze getting parents and alumni owned business to get involved and donate, it is quite the opposite; While BHS has a long list of celebrity, athlete, business owner, politician, and resident alumni, with the ability to donate, they now have children and/or grandchildren that attend one of the many other schools that have cropped up in the greater Brandon area. This has caused a once large alumni group to diminish and a very successful booster club to struggle for parent support and donations. What’s happened is really sad and every bit of support and offers to donate are so much appreciated.

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