The Save Seaford Sports Committee’s fundraising efforts to restore winter athletic teams at Seaford Middle School not included in the 2012/13 budget was halted following Superstom Sandy, but the group was still able to raise enough for an intramural program.
The organization raised $9,000 of the $73,000 needed to restore the entire winter middle school season prior to Superstorm Sandy striking the area on Oct. 29. Annmarie Lynch, co-founder of Save Seaford Sports, said the $9,000 will enable the funding of boys and girls basketball, volleyball and deck hockeyfor intramural program slated to run from December to March. A check is scheduled to be presented to the Seaford Board of Education at its meeting this Thursday.
“We felt it wasn't right to keep fundraising when so many lost everything,” Lynch said. “We will be going to board meetings to fight for [middle school sports] to be put back in budget.”
Seaford's $57.8 million budget approved by voters last May only includes funding for the Seaford Middle School spring season. The 2011/12 budget only funded the fall middle school season, which prompted the formation of Save Seaford Sports. The group was successful in salvaging the winter sports teams last year and the 2012 fall season.