What I have found in common with all of these is that there are people there that are pulling or rooting, as they say, for both sides. We commonly refer to these people as “fans”. Fans come in all shapes and sizes, from young to old, some with crazy colored outfits and some with none, some really, really loud and some as quiet as a church mouse, and believe it or not some out of obligation to a player or spouse or their alumnus.
On the surface they mostly look the same. But on the inside, there are major differences. You see fans for the most part have no specific obligation to the team or the individual (as in swimming or golf). They pull for them during the game and maybe talk about them during the week or off-season, but that is it. Unless however their team is not doing well and then they become the “naysayers” that talk negatively about their team. However, hiding within the fans you will find boosters.
Boosters, on the other hand, are persons that help increase or promote something, in particular, such as their team. There is a big difference between a fan and a booster!
- A fan watches their team play.
- A fan wants their team to win.
- A fan may even wear the team colors.
Boosters, on the other hand, are entirely different! Boosters actively invest in the team to make sure the team has what it needs to play the game and win. From uniforms to equipment to playing fields, they do what it takes to make victory possible.
- A booster takes responsibility.
- A booster invests their own energy, emotions, and finances.
- In some cases, without the boosters there would be no team.