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) Sport-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 Sport-Directed Donations, and may be conferred to 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 Sport-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
Woodside High School Athlete of the Week October 6th, 2017
This weeks Athlete of the Week is senior Abby Wong. Abby plays on the Girls Varsity Tennis team, her coach, Umesh Gadasalli, says, “Abby, as co-captain of the tennis team, displays great sportsmanship and leadership and is a resolute athlete.” Her favorite class is AP Calculus A/B with Mr. Carpenter because of his enthusiasm within the curriculum. Abby’s goals this year are to get into her top schools, which include: UC Los Angeles, UC San Diego, or Boston University. With that, her dream job is to become a surgeon in a field she has not yet decided. These big dreams and goals serve as a motivation to get into a great medical school. A high set of goals will help Abby succeed throughout the rest of her high school career and end her senior year on a great note. Other than that, Abby enjoys listening to indie pop music and her dream location to travel to would be Paris, France because of the scenic beauty it has to offer.
Congratulations Abby Wong!