STAT sets its goals for a new season |

STAT sets its goals for a new season

William Ferchland

After raising $200,000 to keep middle and high school athletics afloat last school year, Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams has a fund-raising goal of $75,000 this year. A sum of $25,000 will be used to help offset the $115 donation for those athletes who can’t afford the amount.

Mark Garratt of STAT announced a golf tournament at Tahoe Paradise Golf Course on Sept. 25 will be in its second year to help raise money. The group will also fund a “concussion impact test,” a base-line test that can be used by doctors if student athletes crash hard into the playing floor.

The $10 Timberwolf Card will again make an appearance this year to be used for discounts at Tahoe businesses. The cards will be available soon and will be sold by middle and high school athletes. A radiothon is scheduled for February or March.

“I think it’s very doable,” Garratt said. “We’re mainly going to focus on the events that made us the most money last year.”

Some of the money will be reserved for capital improvement projects while a $1,000 scholarship will be formed for a male and female student athlete who displays the best sportsmanship, Garratt said.

Garratt made his remarks Tuesday at a Lake Tahoe Unified School District Board of Education meeting. Afterward, Wendy David, president of the board, presented Garratt with the district’s Kids First award.

The first such award, which recognizes exemplary community contributions to the school district, was given last month to the Lake Tahoe Education Foundation which raised $80,000 to fund class-size reduction for the first grade.

“We’re recognizing community partners, and STAT was one of the first major community partners to come forward and help the school district so they are a logical and easy choice to make for the award,” David said.

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