Successful fundraising by the Huntington Booster Club has allowed the organization to continue its grant program, which was initiated in 2007. The program has funneled tens of thousands of dollars worth of equipment and supplies and related items to Blue Devil teams.
Application forms have been made available to coaches. The forms provide an overview of the initiative, which has been warmly received in the Blue Devil athletic community.
“We continue to be very fortunate to have such a supportive booster club in Huntington,” Director of Athletics Georgia D. McCarthy said. “The club’s accomplishments are remarkable and they are helping us position Blue Devil sports as a force to be reckoned with in the county and state.
The Booster Club's grant program is up
and running. (Photo by Mike Connell.)
Coaches have been invited to apply for individual grants in any amount to fund items that the district doesn’t ordinarily cover in its annual budget. According to information provided to members of the coaching staff, “The purpose of the grant is to fund, support and foster team, sport, school or district-wide initiatives that have a broad impact on the encouragement of the participation in healthy physical activities and athletics by our students and the promotion and advancement of the competitiveness of our athletic programs and teams.”
The program invites applications from teachers, coaches and administrators. Grant applications have been distributed to Blue Devil coaches and can also be found in the district’s athletic office, located near the Huntington High School gym or online at www.joshuacarnes.info; click on Menu link on the top left of the website’s main page and then choose Booster Club under School Community; scroll down to Booster Club Documents/Membership Documents. The application can be found there.
The latest grant was awarded this week in the amount of $13,280. It will cover expenses related to installation in Blue Devils Stadium of a pole vault pit for use by the boys’ and girls’ track and field teams.
Grant application forms can be downloaded and submitted to the Huntington Booster Club at P.O. Box 2294, Huntington, New York 11743. For additional information contact grant program coordinator Susan Gerbavsits ([email protected]) or Booster Club President Tim Pillion at [email protected].