During each Hampton-Dumont home basketball game, a section of bleachers is filled with students in the Little Bulldogs Club. The club was started last season by student Brooklyn Plagge.
"It all started when they enforced a new rule at our school that kids couldn't be running in the hallways during basketball games. They just had nowhere to sit, and no one was coming anymore," said Brooklyn Plagge.
The high school junior asked her teacher, Jane Hoegh, for assistance with the club.
"Brooklyn is an amazing young lady. She came up with this idea and has followed through with it. Sometimes they don't follow through to the next day and the next," said Jane Hoegh.
Besides starting the club, Brooklyn Plagge is also on the girls basketball team. After the girls game, Plagge sits with the students during the boys game.
Students in pre-kindergarten to about fifth grade are invited to join the Little Bulldogs Club.
For just $10, the kids get in to all the games, they get a t-shirt, and they enjoy juice and popcorn during the games.
"Last year we had 68 kids signed up, and this year we have 98," said Plagge.
The club averages about 30 to 40 students per game. They all sit together, and cheer loudly for the Hampton-Dumont Bulldogs.
Plagge is described by teachers and friends as a "kid magnet."
"I was told I was more fun than an iPad, which was good. Another kids said he's never been to a basketball game before, but now he comes to every single one," said Brooklyn Plagge.
Since starting the club, Plagge said more parents and kids are attending games, which is great motivation for the students on the court.
The Little Bulldogs Club was such a success during basketball season, it expanded to football this past fall. The kids also went to one volleyball match, and they hope to attend a wrestling meet soon.
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