She works behind the scenes – she prefers it that way – but her efforts haven’t gone unnoticed.
District 1 (Western Washington school districts north of Seattle) of the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association recently presented Coupeville’s Christy Kellison with the Dave DuVall Award for her dedication to CHS athletics.
It didn’t take long for Kellison to get involved with the Booster Club after moving to Coupeville from Oregon in 2008. In 2009, she was named to its board and she has served as president for the past three years.
Kellison “goes above and beyond with her service to the Coupeville athletic program,” according to the nomination form submitted by Coupeville High School.
“(We) can’t say enough about Christy and her involvement to our school and community and how she rallies the community around her to get involved,” the nomination read. “It is people like her who keep the spirit alive in our small town of Coupeville.”
Kellison’s contributions are many, including organizing team dinners, stuffing “goodie bags” for players for district play, displaying spirit flags, helping organize Coupeville High School’s first Homecoming parade last year (and maintaining its success this year), putting together fundraisers and organizing the spring banquet for coaches and athletes.
She recently spearheaded the effort to complete a wolf mural for the gymnasium and to get a new sound system for the stadium.
Kellison said she wishes the award would go unnoticed.
“The Booster Club consists of all volunteers,” she said. “I like to work as a team, so to single one out for an award interrupts our teamwork.”
Kellison always says “we” when discussing accomplishments and emphasizes that what gets done goes far beyond just her own efforts.
Supporting Wolves sports is a fulfilling mission, she says.
“While there are many organizations to volunteer for, I like being involved with the Booster Club because of my strong belief of the positive impact kids gain from participating in athletics,” she said.
“With the budget cuts and shortfalls in the athletic department at CHS, the school has turned to the Booster Club for help,” she said. “Our goal is to enhance the CHS student’s athletic experience.”
All of the Booster Club board members are parents of current athletes. Kellison’s youngest child is a senior this year, but graduation won’t likely slow her down.
“I am considering continuing,” she said. “We have a great board and there are so many more things we can do. I’m not sure I can step down because I don’t have a student at the school.”
Kellison is quick to say that her involvement in the Booster Club isn’t just work. It’s a lot of fun, too.
“I’ve have met many great people being involved with the Booster Club,” she said.
The folks she works with likely feel the same way.