Year in Review: Sylvania Foundation seeks athletic renovationWritten by Zach Davis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation announced plans in August for a massive renovation totaling $6.5 million of the athletic facilities of five Sylvania schools. Among the list of schools to receive renovation includes Northview and Southview High Schools and Arbor Hills, McCord and Timberstone junior high schools.
“This project is about kids,” Foundation Board Chairman John Ross said. “There are over 8,000 kids in Sylvania schools and to know that they will have an opportunity to compete, play and participate in great schools with great athletic facilities is really exciting.”
The Foundation plans to raise $4.5 million in private funds to finish the renovations and is seeking an additional $2 million to establish an endowment fund for Sylvania’s athletic and extracurricular activities. Their goal is to have all the upgrades finished by the end of 2012.
“It was a very successful 2011 for the Foundation,” Foundation Executive Director Jeanette Hrovatich said. “We were able to raise some significant dollars to complete the baseball and softball renovations.”
Northview is adding new field turf (for football and soccer), bleachers (for baseball, football and soccer) and field lights (for baseball and football). The school will also add an eight-lane, all-weather track-and-field events area, a ticket booth and a facility for concessions and restrooms.
Southview is putting in new field turf, bleachers, home stands and a press box for the football field, as well as portable stands for the band and a facility for concessions and restrooms. Southview also will add new bleachers for baseball and softball and additional soccer seating.
Northview and Southview will also add 32-foot scoreboards, which include a 10-foot-by-17-foot video screen and five different spaces to sell advertisements.
Arbor Hills and McCord will have their football fields upgraded to include irrigation and drainage as well as lights, an electronic scoreboard, a press box and an eight-lane track. Timberstone will receive mounding and screening for wind protection and fencing.
To fund the $6.5 million project, the foundation is not looking to for taxpayer money. Instead, it is turning to private donors to help with funding.
“When you look across the country, I see no one else attempting to do what we are doing in a district with two public high schools to raise private money to help keep these extracurriculars available for kids,” Ross said. “This is cutting-edge. Things are going to change in how schools are financed. The time to involve the private sector into this has come. It is going to be very successful and a new way to look at things.”
To donate and help the Sylvania Schools Athletic Foundation raise money for Northview and Southview high schools, as well as Arbor Hills, McCord and Timberstone junior high schools, visit www.SupportSylvaniaAthletics.com. The website offers options to donate through PayPal or by sending in a pledge card, which can be printed from a PDF online. You can also contact Hrovatich at (419) 824-8656. The foundation accepts donations of any amount; donation levels from as low as $10,000 and as high as $5 million include varying rewards and recognition.