ClevelandHS Boys Ultimate Nationals
**This GoFundMe fundraiser is set up and run by the team Booster Club, made up of coaches and parents of the team.**
On October 18th, for the first time ever, Cleveland High School Boys Ultimate Frisbee won a Seattle public school league playoff game. On the 22nd, CHS won the city championship and went on to place second in all of Washington State. That earned the team a bid to the first ever High School national tournament in Chicago, IL in June, 2017, where we'll face off against the other fifteen top schools in the country.
The team Booster Club has set up this fundraiser to help cover costs for the national tournament. That kind of trip costs a lot of money that right now, the Cleveland team doesn't have. When we add up flights, rental cars, food, tournament fee, and other miscellaneous expenses, we expect the team and Booster Club to have to pay about $20,000 (twenty players + three coaches/chaperones). For that reason, the Booster Club is asking friends, family, community members, and anyone with the means to help send the Cleveland HS Boys Ultimate Frisbee team to nationals. The Booster Club and the team each have more fundraisers planned (selling concessions at school sports, canvassing local neighborhoods, and any other means possible), but this is the Booster Club's first step.
Over 60 percent of Cleveland students receive free or reduced-price lunch and those and more come from low-income backgrounds. We don't plan on letting money stop our team from competing against the best in the country, but it will be an insurmountable barrier unless we get your help.
Please donate an amount that feels meaningful to you. When you do, know that we are grateful for the moral support that comes from your action and the economic support that will help this dream come true for twenty young men.
Coach, Cleveland HS Boys Ultimate
Just an update that the $5,500 we withdrew two weeks ago is in the Booster Club bank account and accessible to the team! This will be a huge help to them as they start to book flights, transportation, and lodging for the trip.
We've also made it to $6,500 thanks to continued generosity from caring members of the community. Thank you, everyone!
The team is still doing study halls every week and developing fundraising opportunities on their own. Their practices will likely start in the next month as the road to Rockford continues! In the meantime, we at the booster club will continue to support the team in every way we can.
Please share widely!
In the interest of transparency, here is how the withdrawal of funds from this fundraiser will go:
1) As the team's head coach and member of the booster club, I will withdraw the money in my name.
2) Then I will write a check to the Cleveland High School Booster Club for the amount of money remaining after GoFundMe takes its cut (about 8% of 5,900 is $472). This will happen as soon as the money is in my hands.
Let me know if you have any questions,
Head Coach, Cleveland Boys Varsity Ultimate
With the new year comes a new resolve to make it to Chicago in June. Thank you to those who have donated so far. The boys are making sure to study hard so they are eligible via grades to attend the tournament. (See the attached photo taken by our staff sponsor.)
Just a heads up that we're currently in the process of withdrawing money from GoFundMe, but have run into some speed bumps along the way. Because of the company's policy we cannot accept any more donations until we figure this out. It should happen soon; we'll keep you posted.
Happy New Year!
Clay DV & The Booster Club
We can't believe it has been two weeks since we first launched this fundraiser and folks have donated $5,736!! Your generosity has truly blown us away and the Cleveland Booster Club is kicked into full gear trying to raise that amount even higher.
We would just like to extend a heartfelt thanks to everyone who has pitched in so far. Your support, at whatever level, is so moving and powerful.
For their part, the boys are working hard to raise money separately; check out this picture of some of them distributing fruit boxes they sold with Roosevelt HS ultimate!
We at the Booster club will continue to do our best to help out. If you know someone who might donate, share this with them. If you care about representing Seattle on the national (ultimate frisbee) scene, share this on your Facebook page and Twitter! The chance to travel to a national-level ultimate tournament is brand new for these guys and you could help them achieve it!
Clay Dewey-Valentine & the Cleveland Booster Club