Nov 28, 2011 Amanda Seef Uncategorized
Unfortunate budget shortfalls in the spring meant that some modified, junior varsity and varsity coaches in the Jamesville-DeWitt school district didn’t make the cut.
$48,000 … by Dec. 31
Will save 5 coaches and teams at modified, 3 at JV/Varsity
$21,000 … by May 21, 2012
(For fall 2012)
$48,500 … by Dec. 31, 2012
(For spring 2013)
WHEN: 6 p.m., Dec. 17
WHERE: JD High School gymnasium, address
COST: $1 for students and seniors, $2 for adults. Family cost, $5
WHAT: The pep rally event includes all Red Rams winter sports teams from modified to varsity. The event will include costs and the introduction of all coaches and teams. Raffles, a faculty basketball team and other events will wrap up the evening.
The positions were eliminated, along with the additional roster space those coaches would allow for the teams at the three sports levels. Now, parents and volunteers are working to save the teams, the coaches and the opportunities for the students in seventh grade and higher.
“This fall, enough kids were cut from the team, that they could have created a second team,” parent Joy Binder said. “That’s what instigated this whole uprising.”
The uprising is a grassroots effort to raise more than $118,000 in the next 18 months to reinstate modified teams and coaches at the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels.
For spring sports, $48,000 needs to be raised in order to reinstate five modified coaches and three JV or varsity coaches. Having the additional coaching personnel would help bring on second teams at the modified level, allowing all students to play.
“We don’t want students to stop playing sports at grade six because there’s not an opportunity at the modified level,” Binder said.
Binder and other parents in the Jamesville-DeWitt Youth Athletic Association (JDYAA) teamed up to begin “Save JD Sports,” a push to raise the funds to reinstate the coaches, and pay for travel and accomodations while on the road. With less than a month of fundraising down, and less than a month to go, the group has placed yard signs, made t-shirts and raised $13,000, including a $10,000 donation from JDYAA members, themselves. Email blasts, a website, Facebook pages and Twitter accounts have also been made to help spread the word to save the sports teams.
“It’s all about the kids having an opportunity to play,” Binder said.
The Save JD Sports committee has gone to the J-D Board of Education with its plans, and has received support from J-D Superintendent Alice Kendrick. The district will accept the funds and use them where they seem best in the athletic programs.
“The district … commits to using these funds only for the coaching salaries, officiating and transportation costs required,” wrote Kendrick on the Save JD Sports website. “I am confident that working together we will continue to provide the quality educational opportunities our community expects and our students deserve.”
Once the initial 18-month push for fundraising is through, Binder hopes to work with the district to make cuts that would be equitable for the students, athletic programs and districts, alike.
“We’re not a fundraising bottomless pit,” she said. “We hope we can make the impact we need to in the schools.”