School Board Approves $524K in Bleacher Replacements
by Bob Fowler March 2014
OAK RIDGE — Visitors to Jack Armstrong Stadium, the home of the Oak Ridge High School Wildcats football team, will have a place to sit and cheer this fall. For a while, that was a bit uncertain at least for early games next season. Oak Ridge Board of Education members have approved the lower bid on the construction of a new set of bleachers to replace visitors’ grandstands built decades ago.
Financial Four: VCU Cashing In Since 2011 Tourney Run
by LOUIS LLOVIO March 2014
A VCU athletics official said corporate sponsorships have risen an average of 25 percent per year since its 2011 Final Four run. As VCU's men's basketball team continues to win and to grow in national stature, the rest of the university is riding its coattails all the way to the bank. From Axe body spray ads featuring the team's popular head coach, to a nearly dizzying amount of marketing at perennially sold-out games, Virginia Commonwealth University is taking advantage of a four-year run of on-court success in an effort that has brought in a new pool of students as well as increased donations and corporate endorsements.
Athlete with Cancer Uses Make-A-Wish to Equip School
by Super User March 2014
Donations, Fees to Fund $25M VCU Basketball Facility
by TIM PEARRELL AND KARIN KAPSIDELIS March 2014
Virginia Commonwealth University announced plans to build a $25 million basketball practice facility that Rams men's coach Shaka Smart hopes will "continue to move this program to new heights." VCU athletics director Ed McLaughlin said the two-story, 60,000-square-foot facility will be paid for with $14.5 million in private donations and $10.5 million from reallocating part of student fees that are being used to pay off part of the debt on the Siegel Center. Those fees will be redirected once the Siegel Center debt is retired in 2016, McLaughlin said. He said student fees will not be increased and no state funds will be used.
Source: Dolphins Owner to Bankroll $400M Stadium Reno
by By Hal Habib March 2014
Owner Stephen Ross had previously insisted he would not cover the entire cost himself, but his apparent change of heart would put South Florida back in the hunt for future Super Bowls.
Editorial: Schools Setting Boundaries for Booster Groups
by Super User March 2014
Raising private donations to support high-school sports programs is a fact of life in many Ventura County communities. But it’s a double-edged sword that requires clear policies and careful oversight.
Smooch-A-Pig Fundraiser to Aid Ball Diamond Upgrades
by JOHN O'CONNOR March 2014
A dozen city baseball fields will receive some attention, as will Parker the Rally Pig.
Wisconsin Students OK Rec Facility Overhaul in Landslide
by Michael Gaio March 2014
A $223 million plan to upgrade the University of Wisconsin-Madison's lagging recreational sports facilities passed in a landslide student vote that ended Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Journal reports.
Donation by Y's Namesake Spurs $3M Expansion Project
by Laura Pavin, Sun-Times Media March 2014
The Foglia YMCA in Lake Zurich is planning to expand its facility and the work could be done as early as the end of the year.
Schools, Booster Clubs Try to Make Relationship Work
by Loren Ledin March 2014
Jorge Romero helped launch a new boosters club at Santa Paula High School in June 2012, was elected president and set out with an agenda to elevate the football program.