Raptors End Zone Club
Senior Night Recognition Details
October 10, 2011By Gary Maki of East Ridge Football
Senior Night Recognition – Wednesday, 10/19/11
The East Ridge Raptor football team is hosting the 2nd annual SENIOR RECOGNITION night prior to the White Bear Lake game on Wednesday, October 19th at The Nest.
Joining us in senior recognition of the football team Wednesday night will be the Marching Raptors and Cheer Squad, our partners in the Friday Night Lights excitement at The Nest.
We have a busy reception planned for you, so we thought we should share our plans with you to help make for a smooth evening.
5:30 PM Start
The evening’s program will begin at 5:30 with a reception and refreshments down on the north side of the field in the garage area next to the visiting concession stand. All parents of seniors are invited to gather and join us for some light refreshments, gifts, and a chance to mingle and meet with other parents of the senior Class of 2012 for this, the last regular season home game. Please join us as your schedule allows starting at 5:30. As this will be outside in the elements, please dress accordingly.
Football Senior Family Photos Start 6:20 PM
We have made arrangements for a professional photographer to take a photo with your athlete. Photo graphs will begin at 5:30 with the band, cheer squad at 6:00, with the football photos beginning at no later than 6:20 PM. You will be asked to line up in alphabetical order, the order for which we will have prepared in advance.
There will be a photo taken with the athlete and parent(s)/escort present that evening. Things will move quickly as the boys will be coming directly from their pregame warm up routine and we are under a considerable time constraint in this pre-game environment. We’ll help keep things moving and appreciate your cooperation.
The Raptors End Zone Club will provide each football family with a complimentary senior family photo. In addition, you will have the opportunity to download and purchase your photo in a size or quantity of your desire from our photographer Martin Hoffsten at Split Pixel Design at www.splitpixeldesign.com/ within about 24 hours of the game.
On Field Announcements and Recognition Begins at 6:30 PM
Once the photo has been taken, we will ask all families to remain in their alphabetical order as we begin the recognition march from the north end zone to the Raptors logo at midfield. The parent(s)/escort for the cheer squad and football players will begin at 6:30 sharp, starting first with the cheer squad then football team. You will be announced by the players name and names of those escorts provided to us in advance. The band on field recognition will happen at half time in a similar manner.
At this time as you are in line for the march, we would ask that a parent/escort hold the helmet of your football player as an honor to his commitment to Raptor football. Please do him the honor of carrying his helmet on to the field for this last regular season home game. Hold on to the helmet until instructed to return the helmet to him. (Check out the “Boys of Fall” video on our site to see this in action.)
The families will be given notice when to start and all families will finish surrounding the Raptor logo at mid-field in a large semi-circle facing the Raptors bleachers. We will have someone at mid-field directing traffic. Once all families are in place, we will take a final group photo.
Once the photo is complete, the announcer will instruct the parent/escort to ceremoniously return the helmet, maybe offer a hug or two, and the player will be then instructed to return to the team and parents may then proceed to take their seats on the stands to cheer the boys on to victory.
This will all conclude by 6:40 PM.
Thank you to all parents or significant others for being present for your football player this evening. Your support has been instrument to their experience in Raptor football.
A special note of thank you to Tory Hassenauer for her outstanding effort and time in organizing the 2011 Senior recognition night!