George Mason High School Athletic Boosters Association GO MUSTANGS!
The GM Athletic Boosters promote Mason Athletics through recurring activities involving fundraising, recognition events, and dissemination of information.
Engaged with the Falls Church Business Community —The Boosters are engaged with the Falls Church business community as members of the FCCPS Business in Education Partnership to promote awareness of GMHS sports, increase community attendance at home events, and raise funds through sponsorship signage at GMHS sports venues.
Annual Membership Campaign — Membership dues and contributions have traditionally been the single most important source of recurring annual income for the Boosters, however, annual revenue has fallen from approximately $8,000 in 2010 to $5,120 in 2016. Membership forms are included in the Principal’s August Newsletter, which is emailed to families of high school students. Middle school students receive the form electronically as well via The Husky Herald. Membership Forms are available on the Membership Page of the Athletic Boosters web site. You may also join through the Mason Fan Shop.
Seasonal Sports Receptions and Award Ceremonies—The Boosters, in cooperation with the athletic department, sponsor Season Receptions and Award Ceremonies to recognize team and individual accomplishments from the past season.
Community Involvement—Recognized by the Falls Church City Public Schools as a School Affiliated Organization, the Boosters are regularly invited to provide input to the school board and administration on policy and funding matters, particularly as they may affect athletics.
Concessions—The Boosters, through parent volunteers, operate the concessions stands at the stadium and gymnasium during athletic events. Proceeds totaling over $7,000 annually help fund Boosters programs.
Fan Shop— Online at MasonAthletics.org and directly at some games and community events, the Boosters sell Mustang and GM logo apparel and other merchandise primarily to give students, parents, and friends more opportunities to show their support for GM athletics. Proceeds are used to fund Boosters programs.
Mulch Sale—Each year in March or early April, the Boosters hold a bagged mulch sale for the community to raise funds for Boosters programs. Mulch orders are delivered to the house by student-athletes, parents, and coaches. You may also sign up to have your mulch spread by Mason Athletes. Find out more information here.
Student Directory—One benefit of annual membership is that Boosters receive a copy of the high school Student Directory produced by the Boosters with the cooperation of GMHS. Additional directories are sold to members at $8 each. Non-members may purchase directories for $8.
Discount Game Vouchers—By arrangement with GMHS, the Boosters sell multi-game vouchers to GM athletic events that provide a significant discount from regular gate admission fees, and retain half of the gross sales while passing the other half to GMHS. The passes are available only to current annual Boosters members, another benefit of joining the organization.
Redskins Tickets—The Boosters hold two season tickets to Washington Redskins games at FedEx Field, which are publicized to members via email and sold during July, August, and September at a modest premium to face value on a first-come basis to raise funds. The seats are located at field level near the 20-yard line and do not include a parking pass.
Communications—The Boosters maintain a web site and a twitter account to inform members and promote the organization. These serve to provide information on upcoming and recent events of interest to the GM athletic community.
College Commitment Ceremony – The Boosters sponsor, and organize with the Athletic Department, an annual ceremony for the entire GMHS community to honor Mason athletes who have been recruited to play sports in college and have officially committed to a particular college or university.
Additional Fund Raising – The Boosters also raise money through fund raising arrangements with local restaurants, sale of family or individual athlete signs to be mounted on the fences at Mason athletic venues, and sale of commercial sponsorships under a contract involving the Athletic Department and a private consultant.