ABO Funding Process
The ABO provides a major portion of annual funding to the Athletic Department--Funding that is NOT PROVIDED by the district. In 2016-17 the ABO provided almost $140k to our sports teams!
The ABO funds athletics at Woodside High School by two main methods:
1) Program-Directed Donations which are given to the sport by parents/guardians in response to a Coaches Request. This typically covers seasonal needs, such as balls/equipment, tournament fees, consumables/supplies, practice t-shirts/gear, etc. At the Parents Meeting at the start of the season, the "team-ask" is presented and discussed. A sport may also request funding for a large capital item or improvement to benefit the program. All Directed Donations are passed straight through to the Athletic Department, for the benefit of that sport.
2) ABO Fundraisers and Unrestricted Donations are the source of money for ABO GRANTS. These are a completely separate form of funding from the Program-Directed Donations, and may be conferred on any sport, or to the Athletic Department for broader benefit. The ABO works with our Athletic Director to understand the overall department goals and funding limitations, and then with the coaches to vet and carefully consider team’s proposals, and to allocate funds to approved requests.
Teams often receive some or all of their GRANT allocations a quarter ahead of the start of the sport's season (so, for fall sports, the prior May). This underwriting by the ABO is critical, permitting the sport to initiate the purchase process for long lead-time items, and to provide continuity in the programs' development. These GRANTs are often conferred well before Program-Directed Donations can be requested from players’ families, since the season hasn't yet begun.
Throughout the year, new proposals are heard, and existing ones revised as needed.
Finally, starting the past two years, the ABO has worked collaboratively with the Athletic Director and coaches to better understand the funding required to maintain and build programs for the various sports. In particular, many sports require a lot of training and operating equipment, and/or safety gear. Further, regulations demand costly annual equipment inspection and certification and replacement gear is expensive. Working together, we strive to understand and budget for the requirements, thereby solidifying and ensuring sustainable athletic programs at Woodside High.
Athlete of the Week
Athletes of the Week December 4th, 2017
According to senior Jade Jones, “The team set out to get a bid to nationals at one of our competitions, and we did at our first one.” Clearly the team aimed high and successfully placed 4th, earning their spot in Nationals. Their new coach, hard working Jaymie Guillena, has played a massive role in the team's success as she stepped up and coached both teams, demonstrating her love for cheer. Without Coach Jaymie, the cheer team wouldn’t have come this far and they are very happy to have her as their coach. Additionally, one of their best performances thus far includes the Sequoia performance because both teams performed as one and clearly had a blast, as pictured above. Clearly the cheer team has risen to a whole new level and their success is unmatched, congratulations to the Girls Varsity Cheer team and good luck at Nationals!