What a year! Nearly half of East's student body participates in sports. Our student-athletes hope to be back on the field and on the court soon, but they need your help to make that happen. The East Chapel Hill Booster Club typically provides between 30 and 40% of the Athletic Department’s overall budget. Last year, the Booster Club raised nearly $55,000. However, this year our typical sources of revenue, such as our annual golf tournament, concessions, ticket sales, and membership have all but disappeared.
We're starting a Go Fund Me campaign to replace these revenues and support East athletics. The East community has always supported all of our athletic programs in the past; we're just asking that you do it in a different manner this year.
One example of past Booster Club support will allow fans and parents to continue to follow East Athletics, even if fans aren’t allowed at the games. The Booster Club paid for an online streaming service (Pixellot) to be installed in the gymnasium and in the stadium. Thus, East games will be available online this year, which is amazing timing considering the pandemic.
Booster Club revenues are also used for: uniforms, safety equipment (lax and football helmets!), field maintenance, lights, transportation, and officials.
If we play all sports, we project the revenue gap for the athletic department to be $50,000 for the 2020-21 school year. We’re doing an initial campaign of $25,000 to get our students back on the field. If successful, and sports return in full, we’ll tackle the second half of the campaign in the spring.
While that sounds like a lot, keep in mind we’re supporting over 20 teams at East:
Mens & Womens Basketball
Mens & Womens Lacrosse
Mens and Womens Golf
Mens and Womens Soccer
Track & Field
Mens and Womens Tennis
Swimming & Diving
Please, give today!
Some frequently asked questions:
Is there a way to give outside the Go Fund Me campaign? Yes, contact Randy Trumbower at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the past, I’ve supported the Booster through membership drives, coordinated by the Team Parent Rep? Does this campaign replace that for 2020-21? Yes! We know it will be difficult for parent reps to coordinate activity this year, so the Life Line campaign is intended to replace those funds.
What happens if there are no sports, or athletics are suspended again later in the year?Any donations received would remain in the Booster Club’s separate bank account. The Booster Club was formed in 1999, so we’re not going anywhere. The funds would just be used in a future school year.
Will my donation go to a specific sport? No, each donation will support all sports on an equitable basis.
How do I learn more about East Athletics, Booster Club activities, and where the money goes? Attend a Booster Club meeting! We meet the second Monday of each month, at 7:30pm. Booster Club meetings this year will be via Zoom for the foreseeable future.