The Save Seaford Sports Committee is preparing to spring back into action after learning the voters will be deciding on May 15 only funds one season of middle school athletics.
Save Seaford Sports formed last summer with the aim of raising enough funds to restore the winter and spring seasons of middle school athletics after they were cut from the budget. The group was successful in salvaging the winter sports season at but of being able to bring back the spring athletic teams.
The roughly $30,000 that Save Seaford Sports raised in its restoration efforts for the spring season can now be used toward fundraising efforts for the 2012/13 school year. The $57.8 million budget proposal adopted by the Seaford Board of Education on April 3 funds the spring middle school athletic season, which costs around $70,000. If voters approve the district’s spending plan on May 15, Save Seaford Sports would be tasked with raising around $140,000 to revive the fall and winter middle school seasons.
Save Seaford Sports co-president Ann Lynch said no decision has been made yet on how to utilize the leftover funds from the unsuccessful effort to restore spring sports. She said that if the budget fails and high school sports are forced to be cut, some money may need to be utilized to bring back those teams.
“We unfortunately have to rely on the budget vote to completely decide our fate,” Lynch said. “I hope it works out.”
Save Seaford Sports is currently selling raffle tickets with the first prize being a trip of the winner’s choice. The group is in the process of planning future fundraisers and trying to recruit additional help.