The North Bend Eagle

NBC and Booster Club officials take a look at a sample video scoreboard. The Booster Club is considering new scorebaords for the football andsoftball fields and gym.

Club giving a boost

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 10/19/22

The North Bend Booster Club has been in existence for quite a while, waxing and waning through the years. In 1994 it was revitalized and instituted activities that have continued today. This year it is experiencing another revamping under the leadership of Rich Samuelson.

Samuelson has created an account under the Fremont Area Community Foundation making any donations to the Booster Club, now a 501c3, tax deductible.

Samuelson said the goal is to compliment what was already in place and asking the coaches their dreams of what they would like for their teams.

The possibility of a digital scoreboard came out of discussions with North Bend Central coaches. The present scoreboard is outdated and having problems.

Crouch Recreation out of Omaha brought a Daktronics digital scoreboard for school staff and Booster Club board members to view earlier this month.

“We are in the very early exploratory stages for a scoreboard for the football field, possibly one in the gym and updating the softball scoreboard,” Samuelson said. “It went from little things here and there and quickly escalated. It’s an opportunity to get community involved. Look at all those people who visit the football field. It’s a great opportunity to showcase our community.”

The Booster Club is appealing to the community, to alumni everywhere to help make this item a reality.

“There is a big advantage of going through Fremont Area Community Foundation,” Samuelson said. “It is really important when looking for legacy type donations.”

Samuelson said the digital board at the football field could cost $200,000 or more and would be paid for without using school funds.
The club has looked at other communities, some smaller than North Bend, who have the digital boards. David City, Madison, Battle Creek, Leigh and Centennial all have the digital boards purchased with community support and fundraising.

The digital board would allow for advertising to help pay for a portion of the cost.

“It will showcase the community and business sponsors,” Samuelson said. “It’s a win-win for everybody. We’re off to a good start, and we’ve only scratched the opportunities in front of us.”

Samuelson said the Booster Club will do what it can do to compliment the district, students and community.

“There are a lot of needs and wants,” Samuelson said,” but they are bigger than our budget. But at the end of the day you’ve got to start somewhere. Hopefully being a 501c3 will facilitate donations.”

There is a insert in this issue of the paper that has information on the Booster Club.

Donations can be sent to the Booster Club, c/o NBC, 1320 Walnut Street, North Bend, NE 68649 or Venmo @nbcboosterclub.


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