Restore the Roar, an athletic booster club at C.K. McClatchy High School, is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame, and in so doing, is establishing something more: a group of involved alumni who are enjoying making a difference in the community while having fun together.
‘How can I help?’
Former Chief Deputy of Social Services Bob Sertich helped start the booster club in 2007 after he retired. He wanted to help out in his community and because he and his three adult children are alumni of McClatchy High School, he went to the school to find out where it needed help. The athletic director needed some assistance with the football team, so Sertich focused on the needs of the football team for two years.
Shift from football to all sports
The focus for the booster club has changed and the club is now working with Athletic Director Rod Feikert to create an umbrella for all sports, involving the alumni, parents and businesses. In 2009, Restore the Roar was licensed as a non-profit business.
“It is an outstanding program,” Feikert said. “It’s always great to have the alumni involved with the school.”
Sertich started the booster club with the idea of having past athletes from the school meet with current student athletes. He wants the students to have positive role models.
“I want the long and heralded athletic tradition at McClatchy High School to continue,” Sertich said. “The goal is to build a booster program similar to that of many large suburban schools.”
Sertich said his father died when he was 10-years-old and he missed out on becoming athletically involved as a young boy. While attending McClatchy in 1964, Sertich remembers one man in particular who made a difference in his life. His name was Bill Morgan and he was the vice principal.
“He was a great educator,” Sertich said. “He talked to the students about the role of public service and making the community stronger. That stuck with me.”
Academic, athletic recognition
This year the club had a recognition event for seniors who played more than one sport and kept a high GPA. They also helped the girls basketball team. They were able to provide an after school study hall and tutors for the athletes and Taylor’s Market generously donated meals to the football team.
Rod Kunisaki, an alum and member of the Sacramento Sports Commission, is the treasurer for the club
“I became involved in the club mostly because of the camaraderie,” Kunisaki said. “I enjoy the connection between the students and the athletes who attended McClatchy.”
2012 nominees – partial list
Many great athletes attended McClatchy High School. Lenore Modell, Barbara Romack and Judy Ghillarducci are three examples of the type of athletes being nominated for the first Hall of Fame.
Romack played professional golf, winning the U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament in 1954. She was on the cover of Sports Illustrated on April 16, 1956. At one time she served as vice-president of the LPGA.
Ghillarducci was golf pro at Haggin Oaks for over 20 years. She is a past winner of the County and City of Sacramento women’s golf tournaments.
Modell swam the English Channel in 1964.
The complete list of nominees thus far is posted on the Restore the Roar website, www.restoretheroar.org.
Sertich said the club is organizing a dinner for the Hall of Fame and they are still accepting nominations.
Four requirements for ‘Restore the Roar’ nominees
The following categories will be considered for induction into the C. K. McClatchy Athletic Hall of Fame:
1. Former student-athletes who compiled an outstanding record of athletic accomplishments while competing for McClatchy High School.
2. Entire athletic teams that represented McClatchy High School at the highest level of competition in its respective sport.
3. Coaches with a demonstrated record of teaching and athletic accomplishment during his/her tenure at McClatchy.