Kaneland community makes it happen for Sports Boosters
by Ryan Delahanty
President, Kaneland Sports Boosters
As the 2012-13 Kaneland school year draws to a close, it provides the perfect time to reflect on the past school year and the accomplishments of our Kaneland student-athletes. Kaneland High School and Harter Middle School have enjoyed another stellar sports year that includes: undefeated seasons; conference, regional and sectional championships; and several State champions.
The Kaneland Sports Boosters are happy to play a small part in helping our student-athletes and their teams succeed on the field, on the court and on the track, and wherever life takes them.
This year, the Sports Boosters have achieved some major milestones. I am proud to announce that we have raised over $70,000 this year and donated back over $60,000 of those same funds. The donations include capital purchases, like our investment in the soccer team’s covered bench structures, new glass backboards for the basketball programs, and large, pest-proof storage containers to keep our outdoor padded equipment safe during the winter.
The donations include special equipment for the coaches and programs, like the weighted training bags for the wrestling program, training bases and pitching machines for the softball program, and the ImPACT concussion assessment program for our high school athletes.
The donations also include the funding of every team and individual that qualified for a trip to State. These State trip donations totaled over $11,000, and included over 100 middle school and high school athletes.
And finally, the donations include helping others, from the $1,000 yearly donation we make in the Memory of Margaret Flott to the Special Olympics, to the $6,500 in academic scholarships that we awarded recently to nine graduating Kaneland seniors.
These donations are only possible because of the generous support of the Kaneland community. Many Kaneland area businesses and supporters contribute funds, goods and services to our annual fundraisers, which include the Castle Spirit Challenge, The Dodge Test Drive Event and our Spring Trivia Night.
Concessions and Spirit Wear sales contribute a large amount to our fundraising as well, so please continue to enjoy a Ream’s pork chop or hot dog, a slice of Paisano’s pizza or a bag of popcorn provided by Hintzche Fertilizer during the sporting seasons.
Finally, we would not be the organization we are without our generous volunteers. We depend on volunteers to make it all happen. With over 100 dues-paying booster member families (largest group in our history) and other volunteers, we spent countless hours in concession stands, in booster trailers, and setting up fundraisers to help raise funds to support our student-athletes and their sports programs.
We invite you to get involved with the Kaneland Sports Boosters, too. Visit and like our Facebook Page, “Kaneland Sports Boosters,” to get the latest information and updates. You can join our email list by visiting www.kanelandsportsboosters.com. And most importantly, you can join the Kaneland Sports Boosters and volunteer your time and talents to help support all Kaneland athletes.
Whether you have a high school, middle school or elementary school athlete, a family of Kaneland graduates or just love supporting the Knights, you are the perfect person to be a sports booster.
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