On Saturday, the Boardman Spartans football players and school associates united as a team and spent the day preparing the Boardman High School stadium for its final season.
Team members--who were joined by the Boardman Gridiron Club, school board members, the Boardman Boosters Club, parents and alumni--restored the stadium by painting railings, lettering, the press box, walls and concession stands.
Though this upcoming season will be the stadium's last, the school wanted to give it and the graduating students a memorable farewell.
Photos by Jim McCreary / Town Crier
Football players, parents, alumni, Gridiron Club members, Athletic Directors, and members of the Boardman Boosters and Board of Education take a break from painting to pose for a group photo.
''Since this is the last season this stadium will be used, we thought it would be nice to have it look good for the seniors,'' said Cari Croutch, wife of Gridiron Club president Dave Croutch.
Football coach Joe Ignazio has made it a theme for the players to give time back to the community and their school for all the support the team receives during the season.
The paint for the stands, signs and goal posts was donated by Home Depot. The Bridge of Hope Church donated brushes, rollers and pans, and the Boardman Boosters and Cocca's Pizza provided lunch.
The Boardman Boosters Club only has a few more spots in their ''Spartan 300 Club'' to fund the new stadium's turf. To join the Boosters, donate as a Spartan 300 member and to learn more about the stadium project, visit boardmanboosters.org/projectinfo.html.
The high school's multi-purpose stadium is under construction and is expected to be ready for the fall season of 2015.