Modified sports has been saved for this upcoming season, thanks in part to a popular Hollywood actor.
The West Genesee school district cut $350,000 from its athletic budget and was going to go with one modified team per sport, rather than of a team for each of its two middle schools.This plan would, of course, have left hundreds of young athletes out of the mix in a crucial stage of their athletic and life development. But a website was set up, along with a Facebook campaign, to raise money has been successful, and according to John Petosa, they've reached their goal of $75,000, thanks in part to a $25,000 donation from the Alec Baldwin Foundation. The money raised will save West Genny's modified sports teams for this upcoming season.
"It's about the kids, there are 600 kids who play modified sports in West Genesee, and of course, when you get to the varsity level those numbers dwindle significantly. In many instances this is the only time someone could say I made the school team. We thought that was important. We thought all the lessons kids learn from playing sports hard work dedication working with a team all those kinds of life lessons was something we wanted to be a part of."
Petosa says large donations where also made by the Camillus Youth Softball Association and the West Genesee Sports Boosters. An effort will now immediately begin to try to work towards funding for next year. Any new donations to the fundraising efforts at this point will be put towards next year's funding.
Click on the link to go to the "Save Modified Sports at West Genesee"Facebook page. Click on the link below to go to the website to donate.