Mustang Mom of the Month: Erica Schapka – Presented by Dr. P. Scott Williams INTEGRIS Family Care

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Erica Schapka grew up in Mustang and her children have done the same. Her daughter Haley graduated from Mustang High in 2015 and was active in basketball and softball. Schapka’s son Austin is currently a senior at Mustang High and has played basketball for his school since seventh grade. Something that Schapka has loved about Mustang over the years is the hometown feel and community involvement.

“I grew up here and have raised my children here,” she said. “Mustang is growing exponentially, yet we are maintaining that small-town feel and sense of community. It is a blessing to have great support from our parents, support staff, teachers, coaches and administrators. We all look out for one another.”

Above all, her kids are her passion, and she does everything she can to be supportive of their interests and athletics. She never misses a game, her family’s summers are spent traveling for tournaments, and countless hours are spent in the gym.

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“I would not trade a minute of those car rides, early morning stops for breakfast and team meals/activities for bonding. I consider myself to be one of the team moms that is always coordinating team bonding activities, planning hotels, and providing information to parents.”

Schapka is intentional about being a good example for her kids, one of unconditional love and support. She knows it is important to prioritize her kids’ activities because it is part of what guides them for the future.

“Our experiences shape who we are and the majority of their childhood experiences today directly relate to sports,” she said. “They need to be a good teammate, an encourager, a leader and supporter of their team. If that example is not being set by a child’s parents, we cannot in turn expect that same behavior from our children. Parent involvement is essential in all aspects of our children’s lives.”

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Schapka has been an officer for the Booster Club for the past two years and currently serves as President. She has given much of her time to help coordinate many events, fundraisers, banquets, and more.

“Our goal is to support our coaches and players to the best of our ability. The Booster Club runs the concession stand for all winter sports held in the Mustang Event Center, provides team meals, team and parent shirts, organizes fundraisers, banquets, homecoming week, Senior night, Color Out Cancer awareness, participates in the Mustang Western Days parade, holds Bronco Hoops night to involve our elementary students, and assists the Mustang Basketball program in any way needed. It has been a pleasure to coordinate these events alongside our other officers.”

As the parent of a senior, Schapka is now ready to pass the torch to “the next great group of leaders.”

“It has been a joy serving and building relationships with these great players, coaches, athletic department and fellow parents,” she said.