New Varsity Club bridging Middletown athletics, community

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New Varsity Club bridging Middletown athletics, community

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Middletown High School is starting up its Varsity Club after being dormant for about 10 years. Leaders hope club members become active in the athletic department and the community. Here, Middie Nelson Rutledge takes a shot during a tournament game this season. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY E.L. HUBBARD

After being dormant for about 10 years, the Middletown High School Varsity Club is re-forming and hopes to “create a bridge” among former Middies, the community and athletic department, said Gregory Armstrong.

Armstrong, 55, a 1980 MHS graduate, said the Varsity Club has met twice and the next meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday at the Triple Moon Coffee, 1100 Central Ave. The purpose of the gathering is to gain additional support and input from potential members, he said.

He said the club is a nonprofit organization that is an extension of the Middletown Athletic Boosters. The organization promotes MIDDIE PRIDE (Performance, Respect, Integrity, Determination, and Effort) and encourages athletes to be leaders in their school and the community, he said.

Membership is open to anyone who earned an MHS varsity letter, including cheerleaders and band members, he said.

Aaron Zupka, high school athletic director, said he envisions the Varsity Club to be an “engagement group” that tutors and mentors students and brings “energy and life” to MHS alumni and the community.

He hopes the club serves as a link to the community and gives residents a feeling they can make a difference in the lives of young people.

“Part of something great” is how he described the connection. He said the district, which is remodeling its high school and building a middle school on Breiel Boulevard — as part of its $96 million construction project — is on the verge of greatness.

“Bringing the pride back,” Zupka said.

Armstrong, who earned nine varsity letters on the football, basketball and baseball teams, said the Varsity Club also will assist with fund-raising, money that will be used to purchase equipment and fund programming.

“We all got to give back and let the young people that we are here for them,” Armstrong said. “We have a perspective on the heritage and history of Middletown athletics. We got to get the status back to where we once were.”

HOW TO GO

WHAT: Middletown High School Varsity Club meeting

WHEN: 6 p.m. Thursday

WHERE: Triple Moon Coffee, 1100 Central Ave.

MORE INFORMATION: Call Gregory Armstrong at 313-739-8796 or email: goblue34@aol.com; or call Athletic Director Aaron Zupka at 513-420-4515

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