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STAT focuses on providing scholarships

Steve Yingling

After an enormous fund-raising effort by Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams last year, you’d understand if those volunteers decided to resume their normal lives a year later.

But STAT isn’t going anywhere.

In fact, Peter Grant and Mark Garratt revealed that the group plans to continue several successful fund-raisers from a year ago that helped save sports at South Tahoe High School and South Tahoe Middle School.

“With the identity that this has created, it would be a shame to let this thing die,” Garratt said.

STAT has focused its 2005-06 fund-raising efforts on providing scholarships for student athletes who can’t afford the new fair share sports fees established at both schools.

“Last year was an entirely different deal. This year the financial objective is not as great,” Grant said.

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Student athletes are being asked to pay $115 per sport or $250 annually at STHS and $55 per sport at STMS. That money will be used to help fund athletics at the two schools the following year.

“We want to let kids know that they aren’t going to be turned away because they can’t come up with the fair share money,” Garratt said.

STHS Athletic Administrator Jack Stafford said turnouts have been good for the Vikings’ fall teams.

“I haven’t seen any number drops,” he said. “Most all who are asking for it are qualifying. There are not nearly as many as I would have thought. I have had parents call me and say if a kid walks through the door and can pay it, I’ll scholarship one, two, three kids.

“I don’t think it’s a deterrent to participation. I think it’s going to be OK.”

Grant said STAT plans to provide college scholarship money to a male and female athlete annually and has a long-range goal of either raising money for resurfacing the STMS track or building an indoor practice facility for outdoor sports.

The first of STAT’s fund-raisers is a golf tournament Sept. 25 at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course in Meyers. The scramble event is filling up fast. Players can pick up entry blanks at the high school and at Tahoe Paradise.

The cost is $65 per player or $260 per team. Entry fee includes green fees, range balls, use of a cart and a barbecue lunch provided by Liras Supermarket.

STAT also plans to relaunch a wall banner sponsorship program in STHS’s blue gym, the Timberwolf card and a radio-thon.

In addition, STAT still has Heavenly ski chairs for sale. They are $200 apiece or $600 if they want it made into a free-standing swing.

“We have a pretty good idea of what works and what doesn’t. We’re not going to recreate the wheel on fund-raising. We’re going to rely on those things that were successful where we can maximize our time and money,” Garratt said.