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Greater Johnstown School District continues fundraising for sports programs

August 26, 2019 11:12 PM

JOHNSTOWN – After budget cuts back in June coaches, players and the community of the Greater Johnstown School District have to raise $311,000 to save the sports programs ahead of the new school year. 

The start of that new school year is about a week away. The varsity football team was out practicing Monday night. Players, like senior Noah Massey, not taking for granted the opportunity.

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“Knowing that our senior year we wouldn't be able to have that, it would impact us a lot,” said varsity football player Massey. “Going into college and trying to play immediately after and just it's part of our everyday it'd be something in our life we'd lose.”

After a fundraiser this past Saturday and several donations from individuals online, the community is closer than ever to reaching its goal.

“To have raised $240,000 in two months in this community, we are not an affluent community, has been amazing,” said varsity field hockey coach Christine Krempa. “This community has really stepped up for these kids. Whether it's been $10,000 from Stewart's, $11,000 from Dick’s or the $25 check that's come from a complete stranger from Troy people realize that athletics are important in students’ lives."

Krempa said it was just about two week ago that they discussed cutting junior varsity teams. She said they planned to have only varsity and modified teams, but after the boost in donations they decided last Monday to have JV teams out on the fields practicing.

"When we did start on Monday there was that little, in the back of our heads, you guys know you're here but we may first day of school be cutting JVs,” explained Krempa. “But now where we are and we know what's still yet to come we're confident we'll get there."

As varsity football players practiced Monday night anyone watching could see this hasn’t just been about saving sports.

"You develop closest relationships you've probably had in high school with some of the people on this team,” said Massey. “So it's a family and the bonds are unbreakable."

Krempa said their next big event is Sept. 7 at the Johnstown High School. They’re teaming up with Ford and will need 300 people to test drive different cars. If they do that, Ford will donate $6,000 and the local Ford dealer will also donate $6,000.

If people want to donate online, they can click here.

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Emily De Vito

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