Some downtown businesses in Sturgis are going to be showcasing some senior student-athletes.

Cari Cosby, who runs the Sturgis Gridiron Club, was out Tuesday afternoon hanging up vinyl profile signs for 36 seniors. The banners, which each showcase a student-athlete's name and sport they would have played this spring, are hanging up in local business windows downtown.

“We are putting these in business windows downtown so the kids can see their faces somewhere,” Cosby said from inside Five Lakes Coffee, one of the locations for the banners, on Tuesday afternoon.

Cosby started the banners back during football season and thought it would be a good idea for this year’s seniors, who had their athletic careers cut short because of COVID-19. Some of the senior moms got to talking, Cosby said, and Stephanie Smith, varsity competitive cheerleading coach, started contacting some businesses downtown to gauge their interest.

“I think it’s something nice so the kids can get some recognition, especially since their seasons were ended this way,” Cosby said.

The banners were done by Action Quick Print Plus in Sturgis, she said. The banners were paid for by a Facebook fundraiser Cosby started. This way, the athletes do not have to pay anything for the banners and they will get to keep them once they're taken down.

Some of the businesses which will have Sturgis senior banners include Five Lakes, Designs by Vogt's, Jaclyn Nicole's Salon, Open Door Dallery, Corner Cafe, Sportsarama, Willer's Shoes, Edward Jones, T.C. Appliance and Mike's Pizza.