Support Boyne City High School wrestling program; currently unfunded

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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne City Public High School Wrestling program is in need of funds to help purchase materials and pay for transportation, because, while the school sponsors the program, it does not pay for it.

The team has been a part of the school for 10 years and each student pays a fee of $75 each year to participate, which covers meet costs, uniforms and equipment; the coach is a volunteer position and the team is asking for any donations to help keep the program going.

“All costs associated with the program have been paid for via the athletes and their families, donations from supporters, contributions from the booster foundation, and other private organizations,” said Bob South, BCHS Wrestling Coach.

This year’s team is expected to have 20 to 22 wrestlers and 14 different weight classes, according to South. The team will be fairly inexperienced but the kids are coachable and eager to learn.

“The program has been very successful,” he said. “Advancing many wrestlers beyond the District and Regional levels, and has sent three wrestlers to the State Tournament.”

The wrestling team is asking that local businesses who are willing and able, to help them with funding the trips or materials or supporting their local team in any other way.

“Our program could use and would appreciate any level of support from local businesses, organizations, or individuals,” said South.

“Any amount would be helpful and appreciated, even down to just showing up for one of our home meets and cheering for the team.”

He added, “They work extremely hard, and it is gratifying to them to see that people notice and support them. If a business or organization were to donate to the program, any dollar amount would be a huge help.”

To donate or support the program, you can contact the Athletic Department at (231) 439-8120 or email dsmith@boyne.k12.mi.us.

The office hours are 1 p.m. through 4 p.m.

Or you can contact Bob South, wrestling coach directly at bob.hpa@gmail.com.

Or phone by: (231) 758-4890

“I think it is very important that local businesses and organizations step up and support this terrific program,” South said. “Doing so will allow these student athletes to get the most out of the experience without the financial burden. Boyne City is the perfect town in which a solid, healthy wrestling program can grow and flourish.”
He added, “It would be yet another cause for pride in our community, our schools and our student athletes.”