Ken Rossi via Crowdrise
July 24, 2011
BENEFITING: SAINT FRANCIS SCHOOL
The Saint Francis School (Honolulu, HI) girls varsity volleyball team, known as the ‘Lady Saints’, is trying to raise money for pre-season tournaments and a major tournament in Las Vegas in February. The Saints have been invited to play in a big tournament on Maui in mid-August. This will probably deplete most of the money they have raised so far for the entire season. The Las Vegas tournement in February is where college coaches will get a chance to see the girls and raise the possibility of their receiving some financial help to play at the next level. For those not looking to play after high school this tournament will be a great experience for them. St Francis School is located in beautiful Manoa valley, adjacent to the University of Hawai’i. Like many private schools in Hawaii, St. Francis struggles to keep costs affordable for parents in these trying economic times. The athletic teams are fully self-sustainable, this means that the teams have to raise money to participate in pre- and post-season activities and all costs for the season except league participation fees (which are paid for by the players). This is not so different for every other school in Hawaii. What is a real challenge is that there are so many schools fundraising in such a small place that it makes fundraising difficult. This is combined with the fact that many kids who do well and play sports would like to continue playing sports at the collegiate level, makes fundraising very important. You see, college coaches don’t normally come to Hawaii to scout volleyball players so it is very important for the kids to participate in tournaments and camps on the mainland (what we call the contiguous 48 states and surrounding areas). This brings us to Crowdrise. The Maui tournament will cost approximately $21,000.00 which they are currently fundraising for. The Las Vegas tournament will cost about $45,000.00 for airfare, ground transport, accommodations, food, and tournament fees for the 14 girls, 4 coaches and chaperones. You can help make this dream a reality for these girls. For many, this will be their first and quite possibly their only chance to travel to the mainland and connect with college coaches. Mahalo for your kokua (help). Go Saints!