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
Athlete of the Week May 21st 2018