MISSION STATEMENT: The Alameda High School Athletic Supporters, the Boosters, are a registered (501 c3; ID 94-2650418) non-profit organization composed of parents and other community members who have an interest in improving and assisting the Alameda High School athletic program. The Booster’s primary purpose is fundraising to support athletic programs and promoting school spirit through sports.
Hornet Athletic Boosters - We Need Your Support
It costs tens of thousands of dollars each year to keep Alameda High's athletic programs running; money that is getting more and more scarce as state and local budgets continue to be cut to the bone. The simple fact is, without Hornet Booster support (refer to All That We Do), many - if not most - of Alameda High's team sports would likely be dropped.
The Hornet Booster Program is voluntary, but if each Hornet family that has the means can do their part to support our programs and our athletes, it will help to sustain the high-quality athletic programs that we enjoy here at Alameda High.
If we do not raise the necessary funds, difficult decisions will need to made regarding which team programs will continue to be supported at Alameda High.
A. Player Donations - 2016/2017
B. Booster Membership & Upgrades - 2016/2017
When your son or daughter participates in a school sport at Alameda High, you automatically become a member of the Alameda Hornet Boosters and are encouraged to attend Booster Meetings and provide input and participate in all Booster-related events and activities.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP UPGRADES
Bottom Line: It costs a LOT of money to maintain a top-quality athletic program like we enjoy here at Alameda High. In addition to supporting individual team needs, the Boosters raise funds to support such ongoing expenses as school athletic field/facility maintenance and improvements; player safety equipment purchases and reconditioning; escalating team transportation costs; as well as such progressive innovations as our on-site athletic trainer.
In order to sustain our quality/competitive athletic programs, we strongly encourage all parents and supporters who are able, to upgrade their Booster support.
Our Hornet Booster upgrade packages - with substantial benefits - are outlined below:
Here's how to upgrade your membership:
Alameda Hornet Boosters are
We'd like to extend a sincere thank you to all the families and individuals who joined the Boosters this year. Our sports programs could not exist without your generous support!!
And a very special thank you to all those individuals/families who are supporting us this year with ‘upgraded memberships’...
It's not too late to join!! We really need everyone's support (especially the families of all Hornet athletes). Click here to find out how to join the Boosters.
To view the Alameda High Athletic Supporters (Boosters) By-Laws (rev.11/2016) click on the link below:
What We Do... (Join Now)
In these times of wholesale budget cuts, many schools are reducing the number of teams they field or are cutting sports programs entirely. As an exception to the rule, Alameda High has not wavered in its support of its extracurricular programs (drama, music, art, etc.)... including sports. Through the school Administration's foresight, careful budgeting and the assistance of the Hornet Boosters, Alameda High has been able to sustain a complete and competitive athletic program.
The budget crisis is not over, however, and continued careful planning and community support are needed if we are to keep our sports programs going strong.
The Hornet Booster Club's primary purpose is to coordinate fundraising efforts to support AHS athletic programs. The bulk of our monies are raised in the form of snack bar sales (at football and basketball games) and Booster Membership fees.
A common misconception is that the money made at football games goes to the football program and monies made at the basketball games goes to basketball. That's not true. ALL monies collected by the Boosters through fees and snack bar sales goes into a general fund to support ALL AHS sports. When a team needs something, coaches simply need to submit a request to the Boosters and the Board reviews and processes the request.
In the few years alone, the Boosters provided funding for:
Prior to that, the Boosters have supported Hornet teams with such items as:
In addition, the Boosters regularly fund a lot of "general school improvements" that benefit multiple sports and often AHS PE programs as well; things like:
IN RED each cost many thousands of Dollars
Q:Why are there still funding issues if we just passed Measure B1 for school funding?
A: Measure B1 (2016) was not a new tax, it simply extended an existing parcel tax to support our schools. So, that income essentially stayed the same. It’s the district budget cuts to the schools (monies that are being diverted elsewhere) that are creating this shortfall that the Boosters is being asked to cover.
Q: Is it true that the bigger sports -- like football and basketball -- get a bigger share of Booster funds?
A: That's a common misconception. ALL monies collected by the Hornet Boosters from Player Donations, Membership Upgrades, Fundraising Events and Snack Bar sales go into a "general" Boosters athletics fund. Coaches (or reps) from all sports can make requests for 'awards' from the Boosters when they need assistance for their teams. All sports teams at Alameda High receive funding assistance from The Boosters.
Q:Doesn't the school provide funding for school sports?
A: Yes, the school does provide some funding. But with seemingly endless school budget cuts, the Boosters are being asked more and more to pick up the slack and provide funding - not only for individual teams, but also for athletic infrastructure maintenance and improvements that support ALL Alameda High students.
Q: What types of things do the Boosters support?
A: The Boosters provide financial support for a wide array of Hornet sports needs ranging from team equipment, travel expenses, field/facility maintenance and upgrades, as well as subsidizing a full-time onsite athletic trainer who is available to ALL Alameda High athletes. Additionally, the Boosters just approved the purchase of a large 12-person van to be used (in conjunction with existing vans) for transportation to Away games/matches.
Q:As a parent, what can I do to support The Boosters and Alameda High athletics?
A:There are several things you can do to help.
#1 - We'd love to have more parents participate in Booster activities. In particular, we need every team to have a Parent Rep. Being a Parent/Team rep means helping out your coach by attending monthly Booster meetings; and communicating information between your coach, the Boosters and the other parents on your team.
#2 - To continue supporting Alameda High teams, we really need every family to do their share. To support our teams, we're asking every family to support their athlete(s) with a $60 per sport donation. Additionally - for those who have the means - we encourage Booster Membership upgrade donations, which come with substantial benefits.
Q:Why do the Booster website URL, site emails, payment notifications, etc. fall under the “hornetfootball.org” heading?
A: The website was originally set up (at the request of the football coach back in 2002) as a football-only website. There was no ‘Boosters/all-sport’ website at the time. Then a few years later other coaches requested web pages, so little by little the existing “hornetfootball” site was expanded to represent all Hornet Sports. It’s an unfortunate ‘technical issue’ now and not easily changed. (Though there are discussions underway to replace the old website, which would resolve this issue.) So, just be aware that any communications or donations submitted through the website are all tracked by individual sport. ALL donations to the Boosters goes into a general fund to assist ALL sports. Football gets no preferential funding.
The “hornetfootball” designation is simply the website’s gateway.
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