• The Athletic Boosters have been such a vital part of the culture of Zion-Benton Twp. High School District 126's Athletic Program that it is easy to forget the origins of this group. Zion-Benton’s first Athletic Booster Club was created in 1957 when the Board of Education had to eliminate the funding of athletics because of financial constraints. A number of community members who did not want to see Zion-Benton lose its sports teams came together to create the Athletic Boosters Club to privately fund a limited number (five) of varsity-only sports. When school financing improved in 1960, funding for athletics was reinstated and the then Athletic Booster Club dissolved. However, Zion-Benton struggled athletically. The limited progress in the preceding years had put the Zee-Bees at a competitive disadvantage. Therefore, the Athletic Booster Club was re-established in 1968 with a slightly different focus. The Boosters were now trying to fund more grandiose projects to try and make the District's athletic programs “first class.”

    Over the years, contributions from Athletic Booster members have taken many forms--from time, money, equipment, and labor, Athletic Boosters have been and continue to be a “first class” organization dedicated to the improvement of athletic facilities and the athletes themselves.

    What have the Athletic Boosters purchased over the past few years to help our athletic programs? Here are just a few of the items......

    • Stadium Press Box
    • Stadium Lights
    • Softball Diamond
    • Shot Put Pit
    • 2nd Discus Cage
    • Baseball Scoreboard
    • Parent Night Flowers
    • Softball Scoreboard
    • Athletic Training Room
    • Rehab Equipment
    • Whirlpool Tub
    • Hydroculator
    • Pool Scoreboard
    • Rehab Tables
    • Basketball/ Wrestling/Volleyball Scoreboard
    • Indoor & Ourdoor Batting Cages
    • Trophy Cases
    • Hitting Backdrop
    • Championship Patches
    • Portable Tabletop Scoreboard
    • Portable Display Timer
    • Dugout Benches
    • Swimming Interval Timer
    • Score Table
    • Mower/Roller
    • Soccer Goals
    • Volleyball Standards
    • Badminton Standards
    • Volleyball Referee Stands
    • Fence Topper
    • $500 for Leadership Training
    • Soccer Nets
    • Championship Banners
    • Video Equipment
    • Coaches' Headphones
    • Balls and Equipment
    • Golf Bags
    • Golf Cart
    • Baseball/Softball Pitching Machine
    • Soccer Jugs Ball Machine
    • Swimming Touchpads
    • Tennis Ball Machine
    • Wrestling Digital Scales
    • MVP Display Case
    • Windscreens
    • Scholarships
    • Gator Vehicle