Our students attend a Research and Development school in which they are held to the highest of academic standards. Although our school is operated under the umbrella of the University of Florida, sport programs do not receive funding from the university. The academic programs are the first priority, which is fine. But it is also important to provide a first class, well-rounded experience for our kids. They deserve to have the tools to be successful in all areas of education.
Over the years, our facilities and equipment have aged.
Our gymnasium has no air conditioning, and yet our boy's and girl's basketball team both made it to the state tournament. Our baseball team is excelling as well, with limited funding and equipment. Our once proud football team, however, is averaging a few win a season over the last 10 years. I do not believe that this is due to solely to lack of equipment. But with a coaching change, comes culture change. It is time to provide our guys with equipment to use in practice and the weight room so they can have an opportunity to turn things around.
We are continuing the rebuilding process of our football team. Our last project managed to fund weights for the weight room so our kids could train to be at the peak of physical fitness.
Our new project is to help replace very old and worn out blocking and tackling dummies for practice.
The equipment we currently have is falling apart, making it unsafe for players to hold. These new dummies will provide a safe alternative to player on player contact when we are teaching drills.
We are a long way from where we want to be, but this project is another step in the right direction.
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