District receives grant to help MHS athletes

The MCPASD recently received a $1,750 grant from the Madison Area Sports Commission to fund scholarships to potential student-athletes who show a considerable financial need.

The grant was written by Education Foundation secretary Tom Kobinsky and executive director Perry Hibner. Middleton High School athletic director Bob Joers also was instrumental in the application.

It is the first grant the District has been awarded from MASC. A ceremonial check was presented to MHS from MASC vice president Jamie Patrick, MASC senior marketing manager Kate Dale and MASC account manager Brandon Holsteinn at an all-school Homecoming assembly on Thursday, Sept. 22. Kobinsky and fellow Foundation board members Ellen Lindgren and Steph Mueller also attended.

“We’re so proud to assist the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in their efforts to provide athletic activities to a broad range of their students,” said Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Madison Area Sports Commission and Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. “It is truly one of the best parts of the work of the Sports Commission,  knowing these MASC Youth Grants will improve children’s lives.”

Joers said the funds, coupled with those raised from the MHS Booster Club, means about $3,500 will be available to help athletes of limited financial means to pay for fees or other expenses related to playing a sport at MHS.

“This is great news for our student-athletes who might otherwise not be able to afford to play sports at MHS,” Hibner said. “The Foundation plans to continue to solicit funds to help our neediest students. We want to make sure every student in our District has a great experience regardless of socio-economic status.”

MASC awaded more than $14,000 in funding as part of its biannual disbursement. The mission of the MASC Youth Grant Program is to provide opportunities for area children who may have financial limitations so that the can experience the benefits of sports. To date, the program has awarded more than $270,000 to Dane County area youth sports programs.

Other recipients in this cycle included:

Organization Amount Organization Amount
Bob Lynch Boxing Foundation $2,500 Madison Starlings VB Club $2,100
Goodman Community Center $1,000 First Tee of South Central Wis. $2,000
Madison Ice, Inc. $2,000 Warner Park Youth Football $2,000
YMCA of Dane County $1,125

“We’re excited to see the wide range of organizations in this round of  youth grant recipients,” MASC vice president Jamie Patrick said in a statement. “We can’t tell you how great it feels to help these organizations and see their efforts make a real difference in children’s lives.”

The Madison Area Sports Commission was launched in 2010 and charged with elevating the recognition and awareness of sports tourism on the regional economy while also recruiting organizations to hold their events here. MASC is responsible for brining in more than $45 million to the area economy.

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