Yukon’s Heather Pope – Mom of the Month Presented by Dr. Brian Thatcher, INTEGRIS Family Care Yukon

By John Tranchina

Heather Pope downplays her role as the treasurer of the Yukon High School track and field team’s booster club, but it is an important job and really shows how much she supports her kids and their athletic endeavors.

Pope’s son Cade just completed his sophomore year on the squad (he also runs cross country), and she will have another son on the track team next year, as Coy, who also runs cross country and plays soccer, will enter Yukon High School.

“I felt that it was important to support the kids of the cross country and track teams,” said Pope, who has been the booster club’s treasurer for the last two years. “With taking care of the finances, it doesn’t seem like a very big, important job, but at the same time, I am able to help raise money for the program and help find things that will improve the program, working with the coaches and getting things the program needs. Last year, we bought new pole vault mats and new poles for the pole vaulters. There’s been a whole lot of other things that we’ve purchased, but things like that, that the kids can use from year to year, is important for them to have.”

She also feels that taking on an official role like that further demonstrates her commitment to help support her kids.

“I think Cade likes me being involved, because it’s something that I can give back to the program and it shows that I’m supporting him and what he’s doing,” Pope said. “I think that’s important for him to know that both his dad and myself are supportive of what he is doing in his high school career.”

Cade, who is a member of the National Honor Society at Yukon, has been running since he was very young and by 10 was running competitively in 5Ks and at 11 ran his first half-marathon at the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

And while Pope didn’t play sports herself as a kid, the El Reno High graduate recognizes how beneficial participating in athletics has been, and continues to be, for her own children.

“Both of my sons have always been involved in athletics,” Pope said, listing off some of the sports that they played before settling on their current ones – soccer, basketball and flag football. “They started playing soccer at the age of four, and we want them to be involved with other kids, we want them to be healthy, especially being involved with running. That’s a lifelong skill that they can do forever, something that will keep them healthy. And it’s important for them to (experience) the camaraderie with the other athletes, and getting along and being a team player.”