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Ellicottville Sports Boosters Discuss Fundraising Plans

ECS Sports Boosters Discuss Fundraising Plans

By Julia Schwartz, ECS Student Correspondent

A meeting of the Ellicottville Sports Boosters was held on Monday, July 16, 2012. Athletes, coaches, and members of the Sports Boosters are hoping to raise more money this year than they have previously, with new ideas for different activities, volunteers to help and a community that will give.

Sports Boosters are an organization that provides monetary support to ECS and youth sports. They organize fundraisers, activities, events, and, in the future, they are hoping to organize some can drives, too.

“Sports Boosters are focused on the kids, sports, and raising money for them,” says Karl Schwartz, the ECS athletic director. The members support training sessions and sport camps. They try to help as many kids as possible to be able to participate as well.

At the July 16 meeting, the group discussed a new boys’ soccer camp recommended for junior varsity and varsity players, but if interested, younger players are welcome. Matt Finn, who is the coach for the boys’ varsity soccer program at ECS, has a new camp that starts Sunday, July 22, 2012, at the town park.

“The skills of these kids will be tested during different games that we play, and mini tournaments that take place with the help of another coach,” said Finn. “We’re going to have lots of fun.” This camp will include one day at the Sky High Adventure Park at Holiday Valley, but for an extra fee.

Possibilities for the future were also discussed and included an apparel catalogue, which would include t-shirts, water bottles, towels, flash drives and more, all with the ECS logo on them. The group also considered holding can drives during different seasons, similar to Project Christmas, with volunteer athletes and coaches to help with the events.

The money raised during these events and drives does not profit the Sports Boosters organization. The money is given to sports programs for equipment, training camps, etc. Not only do the members of the sports boosters participate with the volunteer fundraising, but athletes and teams also help.

The Barn is sponsoring a golf outing on Aug. 15,2012, and the Centurion bike race to be held on Aug. 19, 2012, will both benefit the Sports Boosters. A portion of the money raised from both the race and the golf tournament, will be donated to the group, which will give it to the sports programs. Members from the Sports Boosters will be lending a hand along with others from the community, but volunteers are still needed to help with these programs as well as other events.

For more information, visit the group’s Facebook page called Ellicottville Sports Boosters, go to the ECS school website at www.ellicottvillecentral.com or send an e-mail to ecssportsboosters@gmail.com.

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