December 16, 2017
OSAA Foundation Participation Grant
2017-18 Grant Recipients
2017 was the fourth year of the OSAA Foundation Participation Grant. This grant was formed to help schools fund initiatives that would increase participation within the walls of their schools in OSAA activities. In 2017, the OSAA Foundation Board distributed five grants for a sum of $49,558. See the recipients stories below.
Camas Valley High School
Track and Field is a shining program for the Hornets of Camas Valley. Even with limited resources and a population that is high in poverty, the community has surrounded the program. The grant will help fund the purchase of additional equipment to get even more of their 67 students out to participate in 2017-18.
Mazama High School
Tennis programs have not been a part of the Mazama offerings for quite some time but with rejuvenated support, the OSAA Foundation grant will help bring the program back to the Vikings. The grant will not only help with the construction of new courts on the Mazama campus, but help bring back to program in the Klamath Basin.
North Lake High School
Silver Lake, Oregon is in the heart of Southern Oregon with very little around it. North Lake had a vision to create a Track and Field complex that their school and community could be proud of. Along with a number of other supporters, the grant will help build that complex and give the opportunity for North Lake to host track meets when they could not have before.
Baker High School
The community of Baker surrounds their athletic programs like no other. The community and school district had a vision to help bring additional fields that could be played after darkness. The OSAA Foundation grant will help bring lights to the night in Baker so they can keep the great momentum going with their participation.
Triangle Lake High School
Triangle Lakes track facility has been sub-standard for some time and in some parts dangerous to run on. With the OSAA Foundation's help, Triangle Lake can get one step closer to finishing their facility and bring track back to prominence in this small town near Eugene.
2016-17 Grant Recipients
2016 was the third year of the OSAA Foundation Participation Grant. This grant was formed to help schools fund initiatives that would increase participation within the walls of their schools in OSAA activities. In 2016, the OSAA Foundation Board distributed five grants for a sum of $39,300. See the winners stories below.
Echo High School
In a 1A school, all students are needed to field teams. Echo is making strides to get their elementary and junior high school involved with Echo Athletics. This grant awarded Echo with funds to help brand their lower levels with Echo and the refurbishment of a wrestling mat they purchased over time. These two initatives are planned to increase participation to over 70%.
South Umpqua High School
South Umpqua was a recipient of some major corporate support in the spring of 2016 with a generous donation of workout equipment from Adidas. The gear was shared between the high school and middle school programs. The OSAA Foundation Grant then helped fill in the rest of the request by helping them with Track and Field equipment for their jumpers and money to update their wrestling room.
Sutherlin High School
When the high school field is one of the only fields to partcipate on in a community, wear and tear can be problematic. Sutherlin's proposal was to field turf their football field to allow, not only their students, but all community members to have space to participate. In the Fall, Sutherlin HS will no longer have to move games due to an unplayable field.
North Eugene High School
Cheerleading and Dance are activities that have to find any space to practice and are normally overlooked in a number of buildings, but not at North Eugene. North Eugene has a space on their campus that they will transform into a Cheerleading and Dance Studio starting in the Fall of 2016. The Highlanders say so long to the cafeteria or hallways for practice and hello to a room just for them!
Silverton High School
At a 5A high school, not having an articifial surface is rare. With so many students in a building, having a place for teams to collect even on rainy days is vital. This project will bring Silverton High School to the forefront of artificial surfaces in the Salem area. This projects not only helps Silverton HS but also the countless community organizations that were unable to participate due to a natural field.
2015-16 Grant Recipients
2015 was the second year of the OSAA Foundation Participation Grant. This grant was formed to help schools fund initiatives that would increase participation within the walls of their schools in OSAA activities. In 2015, the OSAA Foundation Board distributed four grants for a sum of $34,000. See the winners stories below.
Cascade High School
Participation can be defined in a number of ways and Cascade helped expand the definition in 2015. Three of the grant's focuses will be on athletic leadership, team climate building events prior to the school year kicking off and a piece dedicated to bringing in speakers to discuss a variety of topics. The fourth prong of the grant was one that extended the definition as it focused on getting more students in the school involved in supporting one another at sporting events. The Cascade Cougar Fan Club did an incredible job presenting their ideas of getting participation of students off of the playing field.
Powder Valley High School
Powder Valley's proposal optimizes what this grant was primarily established for. Powder Valley co-ops with Baker for a number of activities throughout the school year. The administration at the school sent out a survey to the student body to figure out if soccer would be a supported activity if it was offered by this 1A school. The overwhelming response was yes! This grant will help build and maintain a soccer field for the school as they lift off the program in the fall of 2015.
Union High School
Facilities for weight lifting and conditioning can be tough to find in a small town like Union. Many students and faculty travel to LaGrande on a regular basis to visit facilities where they feel that the environment and equipment is safe. Union High School's grant will be to remodel the weight room at the school not just for the students but for the community as well. The grant will be used to breath life back into a weight lifting curriculum and provide a safe resource for students locally.
Riddle High School
The City of Riddle and the surrounding areas are blue collar to the core. A strong work ethic and the ability to overcome adversity optimizes the area that has been struggling through an economic depression. Riddle High School's grant will be focused on building an additional facility where wrestling can practice safely and physical education can be brought to the forefront. Additionally, this new facility will free up space within the current buildings for expanded technical training programs.
2014-15 Grant Recipients
2014 was the first year of the OSAA Foundation Participation Grant. This grant was formed to help schools fund initiatives that would increase participation within the walls of their schools in OSAA activities. In 2014, the OSAA Foundation Board distributed five grants for a sum of $42,000. See the winners stories below.
Corbett High School
CHS submitted a Youtube video and visual simulation of how the OSAA Foundation grant could help renovate their weight room. The student presenters described, step by step, the changes that would be made to the weight room to help attract current and potential athletes back to their local gym. The Corbett Booster Club and School District have also provided funding for this project.
Cottage Grove High School
The evolution of Cottage Grove Athletics began in 2012 with a focus on the core values of Respect, Integrity, and Excellence. This Character Education Program was implemented and has shown to increase participation since its inception. The Three-Sport Athlete Program, The Order of the L (academic program), the Athlete's Council (leadership), Pride Talks (former athlete engagement) and Pride Kickoff Assemblies are all parts of the program. OSAA Foundation funds will be used to expand the program for additional engagement and participation opportunities.
Grant Union High School
In May, 2011 Grant Union JR/SR High School encountered a flood which severely damaged the Track and Field facility. To divert the flood waters from the school the water was redirected through the track facility, damaging all aspects of the field and track. The OSAA Foundation grant was one of the last portions of funding needed to start the renovation of the track facility which is used by schools within 100 miles of John Day. The Track and Field facility should be open and ready to use by the start of the 2015 track season.
Vernonia High School
The City of Vernonia has been hit with two major floods within the past 20 years. The most recent was in 2006 when Vernonia was hit by major flooding and the schools were declared a total loss. The community passed a building bond to relocate the school to higher ground. Due to budgetary constraints, outside athletic facilities were not completed. The OSAA Foundation Grant would help provide a new grass practice area adjacent to the school building, allowing access to the schools athletic programs and physical educations classes.
Willamette High School
The What's Your Game Program is an attempt to increase participation at Willamette High School. The program is geared toward incoming 9th graders to find out what they are interested in, informing them of the opportunities to participate at the school and tearing down hurdles that would inhibit students from participating. This program would engage upperclassmen to be mentors and ambassadors to the schools programs.
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