Starting new traditions: Skyline hosts first ‘Friday Night Lights’ tailgate

By Tara Cavanaugh

From face paint to cookies to balloons, the color sky blue was everywhere at Skyline’s  first-ever ‘Friday Night Lights’ tailgate.

The event, held under a large tent outside of the football stadium, was the idea of athletic booster board member Sue Maulbetsch. Her family hails from the South, where she said “Friday Night Lights is like going to church –– it’s what you do.” 

The tailgate served as more than a school spirit factory. Sports teams occupied booth space, selling items from flip flops to coffee in order to help raise money.

The athletic boosters supplied the tent, hot dog vendor and found a DJ to perform for free.

“I think we will do this the first home Friday night game of every year,” Maulbetsch said. “That’s the goal. And then the hope is that the teams will come and use their own tables to this area before every home game to tailgate.”

Maulbetsch hopes Friday Night Lights becomes a beloved tradition. “Hopefully it’ll continue, maybe not on this scale,” she said. “But we just want to start a sense of community with our students and our athletes and our neighbors.”

Listen to an interview with Sue Maulbetsch in the photo slideshow above.

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