Donors honored for saving high school sports |

Donors honored for saving high school sports

Jeff Munson
Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune file / Jared Wood throws a no-look pass to a teammate on a fast break during the Viking's home opener on Nov. 30. The team will play Bishop Manogue tonight. Prior to the game, there will be a Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams appreciation night ceremony.

It’s been a long and, at times, sketchy road this year for South Lake Tahoe school athletics.

After the defeat of Measure L in April, sports programs were on the chopping block. Having varsity and junior varsity sports teams for boys and girls this year was in serious doubt.

But when the going got tough, the tough turned to the South Shore business pros, who have given more than $167,000 to keep sports afloat for this year.

Those businessmen and businesswomen who have donated $1,000 or more will be recognized tonight at 7 inside the gymnasium of South Tahoe High School as part of the Support South Tahoe Athletic teams fund drive. The donor names on banners will be unveiled on the gym wall as a tribute for those, in essence, who contributed to save this year’s sports programs.

“Tonight’s game will be fun and provides us a chance to honor all of the star donors,” said STAT committee member Peter Grant. “But at the same time, there is still the uneasiness. We don’t have spring sports taken care of.”

In fact, there is a sense of urgency among the STAT committee to come up with the $30,000 needed to complete its $200,00 fund-raising goal by Jan. 14. What hangs in the balance is funding for boys and girls ‘spring sports programs, Grant said.

“We will celebrate tonight the success of the fall and winter sports programs but what isn’t in the bag yet is spring sports,” Grant said. “There is an urgency and it is to ensure that the spring sports program is funded as was the case for fall and winter programs.”

The STAT presentation at tonight’s game will drive home both an appreciation for all who have given to the sports program and a call to arms on how to finish the overall goal, Grant said.

In other STAT news, the Tahoe Crescent Partners and Village Center merchants have reached their $15,000 fund-raising goal, and as promised are matching the goal for a total of $30,000 to be donated.

“It is our understanding that with this matching fund and upcoming events, STAT will be closer to meeting its goal. All of the Village Center merchants who are part of this community are pleased to do their part,” said Terry Hackett of Tahoe Crescent Partners.

“The STAT program is a great example of a community stepping up to meet a need,” Hackett continued.

Mark Garratt, STAT chairman, said the match is an example of how local businesses involved themselves collectively for a good cause.

“This exemplifies the community spirit of the Village Center Merchants and Tahoe Crescent Partners and we are thankful that local businesses continue to step up to the challenge,” Garratt said.

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