On Friday, October 16, 2020, during halftime of the Bucs Varsity Football game vs the Wheeler Wildcats, Phil Sherer was presented with the 2020 Scott Bursmith Impact Award. Present with him on the field were his wife Maria and their three children Zach, Spencer, and Sarah as well as former principal Scott Bursmith and current principal Candace Wilkes.
Beyond his role in his regular day job, Phil has been an integral part of the Allatoona football booster club since the school opened in 2008. Phil served as the first president of the football booster club that year, and every year since then, even long after his own children have graduated. Even though Phil serves as football booster club president, his impact has been felt by just about every program and extra-curricular activity on campus. Phil is often a resource for new booster presidents for athletics and fine arts as he helps them through their transitions into the roles. He accepts each of these new volunteers with open arms and helps them in any way that he can, because he believes that by helping them, he makes the lives of the students at Allatoona better.
Phil’s impact at Allatoona is many times never recognized, as he is not a man that wants appreciation or accolades. He was once overheard telling a teacher that he wants the kids to have a great high school experience so that they always have something positive to look back upon. Because he wants this, he works tirelessly to create a Friday night experience that not only the players can enjoy, but also the parents, cheerleaders, Hotshotz, and band. We would be remiss to not mention that many times Phil has helped other booster clubs on campus with raising funds, promoting their teams, and assisting at setting up and hosting events. Phil is also quick to help the school out as well. Many times when the school opened, funds were tight and Phil always found a way to help the school and different programs in need so the kids could be successful. Many times this help was never known, as Phil is always quick to offer help but never wants to take the credit. Former band booster club president Chris Davenport and his wife Sherri are self-described “Big Phil fans.” They first got to know him when working on the annual band competition The Conquest. “His advice and assistance helped immensely with crafting a solidly successful event. He is definitely a band fan – always available to help coordinate details that smooth the way for band performances, at home and away.”
Nominated by teacher and wife of head football coach Emily Varner, Emily believes that Phil is truly one of a kind. “Phil’s work started because his son played football and someone volunteered him,” Varner states. “His son did not play football after his freshmen year and Phil, Maria, and their three children have continued to pour their hearts and souls into this program and community. They work every piece of the operation and care so much for all involved. Their selfless attitudes and servant hearts have had a huge impression on me, our family, and the Allatoona community. His work supports so many and it is mostly done in the background, from his heart and his love for the community.”
Former athletic director and current Pickett’s Mill Principal, Dr. Benji Morrell believes that “Phil Sherer has a work ethic like I have never seen before. He has been a huge reason for the success of not just the football program but all of the Allatoona Athletics programs. He has mentored booster club presidents and helped booster programs across all sports at Allatoona and at other schools in the area over the last 13 years while running a hugely successful football programs booster club. Coach Varner and his football coaches can focus on football because they know Phil Sherer is going to do an excellent job with the operations of the booster club.”
Phil Sherer has given as much time and energy to Allatoona High School in his role of volunteer than most do in a full-time job. Athletic Director Amie Howard describes him as a servant leader. “Phil Sherer helped me when we opened the school, and I was the head volleyball coach. He helped me when I moved into administration, because he was always available to answer questions I had when helping the academic and fine arts booster clubs. And he helps me today with my current role. Just the other day I asked for his assistance in helping our new flag football coach get acclimated to the school and with help starting a booster club. I truly don’t know where any of our extra-curricular activities would be without him. He has set the standard for what every program tries to achieve-a heart for the kids, a heart for the parents, and a heart for the community. Just like the Allatoona creed states, Phil believes in servant leadership, serving the community for the Greater Good.”
Phil’s dedication to Allatoona can best be summed up by Principal Candace Wilkes. “Phil Shearer is a person that any leader or coach would want to have in their corner. He is a giver, not a taker…he cares for his community and shows his leadership and character through his devoted support of Allatoona High School. While he has served for over a decade as the only Allatoona football program booster club president, he does much more. He has built trusting relationships with our coaches, players, families, and community members. He quietly shares his knowledge of booster programs, fundraising, and skills to develop positive relationships with anyone on our campus. If you don’t know him, you should take the time to meet him. You can find him driving a red golf cart around the stadium helping set up for games, walking along the sideline checking on his volunteers and coaches, or making sure things are running well over at the red barn. He is always happy to talk, willing to listen, and open to an idea that is good for Allatoona. His actions are his message…they tell us to buy in to your local school community, give your time, and our families will all benefit from the effort. Phil, you have made a lasting impact at Allatoona High School, we appreciate you.”