Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Booster Club Evolves Into Major Arm of UNM.(Sports)

Byline: J.D. Kailer For the Journal

* The group's $2.5 million contribution to the school amounts to 17 percent of the athletic department budget

It started about 68 years ago as a group of 30-plus Albuquerque businessmen anxious to provide summer jobs for University of New Mexico football players.

Their budget: $10,000.

"The boosters began in 1932 as a support group for football only," says Sherwood Jackson, Jr. "The main project was finding summer jobs everything from car washes, door-to-door sales, driving trucks to working for the highway department.

"I remember Dad telling me about one player who painted the same highway bridge 10 times one summer."

Jackson's father, S.Y., served as the club's first president for 13 years (1932-45).

"Today, the club has gone from a support group to a fund-raising membership, from a rah-rah bunch to an official arm of UNM's athletic department," says the younger Jackson. …

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