continued The total cost of running the team for the 2014-15 school year is $5,131, Forte said.
“Every year, [the cost to field the team] goes up, because we have to include facilities, coaching fees, transportation. It’s really tough,” she said. “Kids typically buy their own uniforms, so that’s the bare minimum.”
Forte said the team is important to provide a foundation for future participation in the sport.
“We really need to try to maintain the JV program to save the varsity team,” she said. “There isn’t a lot of opportunity in the Syracuse community for kids to play tennis in a school setting. They need to play JV so they can be prepared to play varsity.”
And the benefits go beyond high school.
“The nice thing about tennis is that it’s a lifelong sport. You can play it right up into your golden years,” Forte said. “It’s a great sport for people going into business; tennis and golf are the two big sports in the business world.”
All of the donations will be going to the NSEF, of which Forte is president, which will then make a targeted donation to the district for the tennis program. The NSEF is a nonprofit organization; according to its website, nsefweb.org, “serves a simple, but comprehensive purpose — to ensure that students in the North Syracuse Central School District have the benefit of a quality education, to maintain and enhance the level of excellence in North Syracuse schools, and to respond to the realities of diminishing local and federal funding. The North Syracuse Education Foundation secures resources to support quality education through innovative programs, creative opportunities, and imaginative approaches. These programs enrich the curriculum, inspire students and staff, and expand the community's involvement in public education.” Since 2003, the organization has funded 73 district programs.