Westlake Athletic Boosters open new spirit store at WHS

"Chad's Corner" was dedicated to Chad DiLillo, a 2013 WHS graduate and the Westlake Demons #1 Fan.

The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new spirit wear store, “The W Shop,” at Westlake High School on Feb. 2, during their annual spaghetti dinner. Over 300 people joined WDAB for a homemade spaghetti dinner and then helped celebrate the grand opening of The W Shop.

Prior to moving into The W Shop, WDAB sold spirit wear out of a truck at home football games and during various events throughout the school year. Apparel and other items were stored in cabinets at the high school. 

With a permanent space to showcase our merchandise, we plan to expand what we offer, including youth apparel and sport-specific items. The W Shop is a wonderful addition to WHS for everyone who would like to shop for Demon gear to support their hometown teams. Hours for the store will be shared on the WDAB website. 

Formerly a staff dining room, the space wasn't utilized frequently and was the perfect location for a school store. WDAB members helped fund the new store, as well as donations of goods and services from local companies. The W Shop will feature WDAB’s complete line of Demons spirit wear including hoodies, joggers, jackets, hats, blankets, umbrellas and more. 

A special spot in the store has been dedicated to Chad DiLillo as “Chad’s Corner.” Chad, a 2013 graduate of WHS, is a former batboy for Westlake Demons Baseball and a regular fan at many Westlake athletic events year in and year out. He is often seen sporting the famous green foam finger and inspiring fans to get on their feet and cheer “Let’s go Westlake,” for their team.

WDAB decided that any spirit store at Westlake High School would have to include their No. 1 Fan. Chad’s Corner will feature the famous green foam fingers, pom poms, flags and other spirit items for Demons fans.

Along with Chad DiLillo, WDAB Spirit Wear co-chairs Kelly Ilg and Fawn Carson were on hand to cut the official ribbon, as well as WHS Principal Paul Wilson. Four other WHS students – an athlete, a scholar, an artist and a musician – helped to open the store that has all Demons students in mind.

The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds and providing support for teams and athletes in grades 7-12 at Lee Burneson Middle School and Westlake High School. WDAB meets the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. at Westlake High School. See more westlakeathleticboosters.org.

Gina Redinger

Gina Redinger

President, Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters

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