• Augmenting HS Budgets with Athletics Sponsorships

    by John C. Barnes April 2018

    In the current economic climate, public education programs are squeezed for every penny allocated and educators are forced to make-do with less. The effect of budget shortfalls is manifested in larger class sizes, reduced bus services and fewer classroom resources. Particularly hard hit in this recession have been extracurricular programs such as athletics. Creating student participation fees, cutting back on scheduled events and dropping programs altogether have been some of the ways schools have addressed budget shortfalls.

  • Donation Helps Rec Center Reach Fundraising Goal

    by Ian Cohen April 2018

    Griffin, a Chicago hedge-fund billionaire who owns more than 15 acres in Palm Beach, agreed to donate $750,000 for the construction of the proposed Morton & Barbara Mandel Recreation Center.

  • Little League Gets $125K Donation to Renovate, Build Fields

    by Amy McDaniel April 2018

    A San Angelo resident has helped Christoval baseball move about 25 percent of the way toward a permanent home for both the Little League and high school baseball program there.

  • Niagara U Gets $1M Donation for Video Boards, TV Gear

    by Thomas Prohaska April 2018

    The university announced Tuesday that Bill McKnight's gift means the video replay boards will be installed in the Gallagher Center, the Purple Eagles' basketball arena, and Dwyer Arena, where Niagara's hockey team plays.

  • Augie’s Bash Raises Over $6M Toward ALS Cure

    by Andy Berg March 2018

    The 13th annual Augie’s Quest BASH, held in conjunction with the 37th annual international IHRSA convention and trade show, saw unprecedented support from fitness industry friends and sponsors.  

  • Parent Spearheads Fundraising Effort for New Gym

    by Beatriz Alvarado March 2018

    Windsor Park Elementary School parent Ondrea Tarske is looking for donors willing to pitch in for a $2.2 million gym for the new gifted and talented magnet school. Tarske shared her plans with trustees during Monday's board meeting in an effort to get them to sanction the campaign. No vote was taken during the discussion item, but some trustees said they support the move because the district has no money to pay for a gym.

  • Court: Rental Car Tax Can Be Used for Stadium Projects

    by Howard Fischer March 2018

    In a key victory for the state's two largest counties, state Court of Appeals judges overruled a lower-court decision that said the Arizona Constitution requires levies connected with driving to be spent only on road and other transportation projects.

  • Park Board Awards Naming Rights for Soccer Field

    by Cheryl McCormack March 2018

    The Mandan Park Board recently awarded naming rights to Dakota Community Bank & Trust for the Dacotah Centennial Park Soccer Field, which will now bear the bank's name.

  • Foundation Donates Millions for New Play Spaces

    by Jay Rey and Mark Sommer March 2018

    Some $5 million is being provided by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation in Western New York to build small, innovative play spaces, custom-designed playgrounds and skate parks in Western New York. The same amount is also being used in Southeast Michigan, bringing the Wilson Foundation's total investment to $10 million.

  • Youth Baseball Coach Defends Raffle of AR-15 Rifle

    by Paul Steinbach February 2018

    The coach of a traveling 9-and-under youth baseball team in Neosho, Mo., is standing by his decision to raffle off an AR-15 rifle as a fundraiser.

    The gun, donated by a team member's parent who co-founded local gun purveyor Black Rain Ordnance Inc., has gained infamy as the weapon of choice in mass shootings, including the school shooting last week that killed 14 students and three employees in Parkland, Fla.

    Dan Patterson, the team's coach, told the Kansas City Star that he considered raffling off an alternative prize in the wake of Wednesday's tragedy but decided instead to "turn it into a positive thing" after "getting the hate." Most blowback came from social media users. 

    "I applaud them for standing up for what they believe in," Patterson told the Star, which ran his comments Saturday under the headline, "Third-graders are selling AR-15 raffle tickets in Missouri." "I just think they have feelings to this specific type of gun (that are) different than people around here do."

    As much of the country engaged in a gun-control debate online post-Parkland, Patterson likewise dug in regarding the raffle. One individual commented on Patterson's page, "Are you all tone deaf? AR15 kills seventeen so you raffle a gun for child sports? Lord, people wake the hell up. Justify all you want but you are wrong, period.” Patterson responded by writing that "gun raffles have been going on for years. Evil has and will always exist. Our hearts break for those involved, and we do not take that lightly.”

    The raffle is not affiliated with the Neosho School District, but mere hours after the Florida shooting, South Elementary School principal Lee Woodward took to her own Facebook page to encourage community support of "9u players, coaches, and parents " through raffle participation.

    That same day, Patterson addressed a "concerned group" online. "We appreciate your ‘concern’ but please understand, we are not, have not, and will not force one of our boys to sell raffle tickets for the Black Rain AR15 Spec 15, if they are uncomfortable doing so."