Woodside High School Athletic Booster Organization
The primary role of the Woodside High School Athletics Booster Organization (ABO) is to provide financial resources to help Woodside High School meet the financial demands of offering a comprehensive and high-quality sports program. We are an IRS 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization, incorporated in 2009.
The district provides funding for facilities, coaches, referees, transportation (some), but in fact little money is available for basic sports supplies such as balls, nets, uniforms,etc. Major purchases are typically not covered, so the ABO helps fund items such as new wrestling mats, pitching machines, resurfacing equipment and "high-tech dirt" for ball fields, video recording equipment, goals/nets, Helmets/Pads, and other capital equipment that can dramatically improve the quality of the Athletic program.
Participants in the ABO are parents, guardians, alumni, and community members. In the in 2015-16 school year, the ABO provided more than $60,000 dollars to Woodside High School athletic programs for uniforms, equipment, scholarships, and awards . Click here for Funding Reports.
The ABO uses several avenues to generate funding for athletics, however donations are by far the largest source. Starting with the 2016-17 School year we ABO adopted a new process whereby a player's parents and other donors are asked to contribute in two primary ways: Sport-Directed Donations, and ABO-Unrestricted for the general benefit of the athletics programs at Woodside.
(1) Sport-Directed: Coaches provide detailed summaries of the items and amount of support they are requesting, and the resultant amount needed per athlete. This information is presented to parents and discussed at the team meetings at the start of the season. All by-sport directed donations flow directly to the Athletic Department and credited to the specific sport's account.
(2) The ABO also requests an Unrestricted Donation as part of the contribution for the given sport and season. These donations are critical too, as they provide the ABO with funds we can allocate to sports (and players) that may be underfunded, to ensure a great experience for all student athletes.
The key common theme is, donors clearly understand where their funds go. Further, the ABO board is committed to openness and transparency on the prioritization and allocation process for non-directed funds. We will provide regular updates on progress and decisions.
We are hopeful this new approach will increase participation (number of donors per team) as well as the total amount of money collected in support of all athletes, on all teams.
The ABO also holds fund raising and community building activities and events such as the Annual Hit-A-Thon, the Wildcat Open Golf Tourney, our Crab Feed (or Surf and Turf, depending on crab availability!), as well as the sale of Spirit Wear, Tickets, sponsorship by benefactors, and local businesses advertising. Taken together, these generous contributions permit the ABO to provide critically needed supplemental funding to the athletic department, and further strengthen the programs and reputation of Woodside High School.
Athlete of the Week
Athlete of the Week March 15th, 2018
This week's Athlete of the Week is senior Katie Raynor. Katie is on the girls Varsity Lacrosse team and has been playing throughout her high school career. Raynor’s inspirations come from coaches Kevin and Stacey along with her old club coach Laura. In regards to Lacrosse Katie states, “I love being on a team, we joke around and have a really good time and I’ve met so many LAX friends.” Additionally, Katie enjoys the fast-paced games and the fact that Lacrosse results are dependable upon every player on the team in order to win. Katie plans to continue playing Lacrosse in college either for the school or on a club.
Alongside Katie is Jake Escobar! Jake is a freshman and began his lacrosse career in the first grade. He would like to continue playing lacrosse throughout high school and hopefully play at the collegiate level. Escobar’s main idol is Matt Landis, a stand out LAX player at the University of Notre Dame. Prior to games Jake enjoys listening to pre-game music to focus on the task ahead. Escobar says he enjoys playing Lacrosse because, “There’s lots of energy in games and I like to check the opponents to gain an advantage.” Congratulations to both Katie Raynor and Justin Escobar!