Even when McDuffie County Schools sports teams take a break, the Thomson Bulldogs Athletic Boosters keep on working.
When they aren't busy awarding a scholarship, buying sports gear or feeding the football team before the Friday game, the Boosters stay busy with fundraisers to make those other projects possible.
"The proceeds go to help sports programs for McDuffie County," Boosters President Richard Downs said. "If we don't our kids will suffer and won't be able to do the things the coaches want them to do."
The Boosters have bought soccer jerseys, boys and girls golf bags and more, just within the past three months.
This year, Thomson students, parents and backers have three new opportunities to show their support for the Boosters and the sports programs.
Magnets that can grace a refrigerator as easily as a car bumper have begun circulating.
"We're doing a car magnet, a black 'T' with 'Bulldog' down the center of it written in gold," Boosters Secretary Judy Wood said. "And we're selling those for $5."
Anyone who joins the Boosters is eligible to buy a magnet with "Boosters" down the middle instead of "Bulldog."
The public may contact Downs at (706) 836-0333 to buy the stickers, to join the Boosters, or for any other Boosters questions.
Thomson fans have another chance to show their support for the football tradition this fall.
The football team will wear helmet stickers with the initials "L.W." in honor of a legendary coach, the late Luther Welsh. Those stickers also will be available to the public, for $1 each.
The magnets and the stickers can be purchased at The McDuffie Mirror office, 108 Railroad St. Or, the items can be purchased at the first home football game, Sept. 23.
"We're asking people to sponsor one of the pregame meals for the football team," Downs said.
"It's $400 and if they sponsor it, whoever sponsors it can bring two people with them and sit there and eat the pregame meal with the football team."
Three dinners have been claimed, leaving seven sponsorships available, Downs said.
"Boosters membership is $10 for an individual, $15 for a family and includes immediate family in household, and $100 if you want the Bulldog parking adjacent to The Brickyard," Wood said.
Anyone who joins the Bulldog parking gets a free magnet. Downs encouraged football players to attend Boosters meetings and support the players.
He said the support is just as important as the financial help. "There are some parents that just can't pay. We understand that," he said.
Working with the Boosters becomes a family tradition, and some remain active even after their students graduate.
Nic Wood, the son of Boosters secretary Wood and Henry Wood, starred in baseball and other sports at Thomson last year.
He has moved on to Georgia Southern University, where he will study physical therapy. Nic worked with Jim Capps Therapy Services in Thomson his senior year.
His mother said he became interested in that work after being treated for football injuries his junior year. For now, he is not signed up for college sports.
"He's moving on and just concentrating on his academics," his mother said. "They asked me to stay on so I'm gonna stay with them a while," Judy Wood said.
She and other Boosters members can be contacted for the fundraising stickers and magnets. Meanwhile, the Boosters continue planning fundraisers.
"These (football) kids have been to three different camps, and it's great for them," she said. "But it does take a lot of money." Wood said to look for details of a pancake supper fundraiser in January.
"All this money goes straight to the kids," Wood said.