The student athletes at Dobson High School work hard to raise money to participate in sports, from selling shirts and mugs to car washes and selling cookie dough or volunteering at local events. The athletes now have a way to supplement the money that is provided by the athletic department.
“We are given a certain allotment from the district and that is to be spread among the teams we have on campus. As much as we would like it to be an equal split, we have the coaches send us their wish list, and we prioritize,” said Donna Koch, the athletic secretary at Dobson, 1501 W. Guadalupe Road. The school website is http://www.mpsaz.org/dobson.
Some teams also rely on the help from local community restaurants and shops.
“They may get sponsors like the banners on the field. That’s another income to help defray the cost of these events,” said Mrs. Koch.
The students aren’t the only ones trying to raise money. “The parents get involved via booster clubs. They work concession stands, they help feed the teams and they seek sponsorships,” said Mrs. Koch. “We have active parents out there. Whatever the school can’t support, we fall back on our boosters to give extra support.”
Ken Michaels, one of the wrestling coaches at Dobson, is happy with they way his team raises money.
“This year we sold shirts and mugs at the football games and at graduation. During the season we’ve done the concession stands and this last year we did the entertainment card,” said Mr. Michaels.
What was once a bulky coupon book athletes sold to raise funds is all electronic now. It can be used in any participating state for coupons and discounts.
“The entertainment card is now an app that you can purchase on your phone. You download the app, they give you a code and you select the area that you want to use it for,” Mr. Michaels said. “I have a kid who lives in Texas and one who lives in Nebraska. I bought them entertainment cards. We just downloaded the app, they entered their code where they live at and they can use it anywhere.”
Ashley Crump is the girls Track & Field coach at Dobson and her team raises most of its money differently.
“Currently this year the biggest way for us to raise money is by volunteering at other local races. We have opportunities to help out with the Ironman Foundation or other local running stores,” said Coach Crump. “We volunteer, help them set up their meet, hand out water and Gatorade during the race and they donate back to our program.”
Coach Crump and her athletes have to spend and save their money wisely as they aren’t given money from the school each year.
“We have our budget leftover from the year prior. So whatever we don’t spend we get to carry over to the next year. The athletic department pays for one invite; all the others have to come from our own accounts,” Coach Crump said.
Andrew Millan is a journalism student at the Arizona State University Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and wrote the article as a class assignment.