STAT struggling for donations for spring sports |

STAT struggling for donations for spring sports

Jeff Munson

The Support South Tahoe Athletic Teams group, which is raising money to fund athletics for the Lake Tahoe Unified School District, is about $34,000 short of its $200,000 goal, with its deadline fast approaching.

“The fund raising has been very good so far, but now that we are into the holidays it gets very difficult to raise money because people tend to focus on other things,” said Mark Garratt, STAT president.

Meeting Tuesday, the 20-person STAT committee agreed it needs to ramp up its efforts in the coming weeks to meet its Jan. 14 deadline of raising money for spring sports programs.

STAT was formed to raise money for athletic teams within the school district. Had it not been for the fund raising, some sports programs would have been eliminated because the school budget had no room to fund them.

“One thing we are very proud of is that virtually every competition fall sport was eligible for post-season play,” Garratt said. “And that is just a testimony to how much our kids and coaches were committed to athletics in Tahoe.”

Also, on sale are 25 chairlifts donated by Heavenly Mountain Resort. Each chair costs $200, with the money raised going to STAT.

“It is something great for the back yard or deck,” Garratt said, adding that he has worked out a deal with South Tahoe High School shop classes to turn the chairs into back yard swings that sit on a base.

Funding deadlines were established to ensure full participation of all sports teams by season.

The full amount needed to fund all the sports programs is $200,000, and was broken down as follows: Fall sports required $77,500, winter $48,000 and spring $50,000.

Fall sports were funded in mid-July with significant contributions coming from service clubs and organizations including: ASB, Quarterback Club, Dugout Club, Booster Club, Kiwanis, Goal Club, Optimist Club, South Lake Tahoe Firemen and Police Officers Association and numerous individual, families and businesses.

Winter sports were funded with the primary contributions coming from two successful fund-raisers: the KOWL Radiothon on Aug. 7 that netted more than $23,000; and the Support STAT golf tournament held on Oct. 3, which pulled in nearly $15,000.

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