The Sheridan High School Booster Club (Booster Club) has launched a locker sponsorship campaign to help raise funding for a new sports medicine and locker room facility. Funded largely by Sheridan County School District #2 (SCSD2) with contributions from the Booster Club, local foundations and community members, this facility is being developed to address cramped conditions and outdated ability of the current athletic facilities to meet students' needs at Sheridan High School.
In the fall, up to 250 student athletes at a time pack the high school's hallways, locker rooms and sports medicine facilities, preparing for practices or games. With this many students in confined spaces, the locker rooms are hot, pungent and crowded - often to the point that many football players carry their gear outside to finish dressing for practice. At the taping room door, 20-30 students may be standing in line waiting for tape jobs performed by the athletic trainer and student trainers on only 70 square feet of taping surface. For students who need thermopads or other sports medicine, they compete for space in the sports medicine facility - a remodeled closet and office comprising 225 square feet - with the ice machine, a couple treatment tables and two water tubs.
In short, while these facilities may have been sufficient when first constructed in the 1980s, they are no longer able to meet the size or needs of Sheridan's high school athletics programs, including gender equity and Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
To address these concerns, SCSD2 is developing plans to build a sports medicine and locker room facility that can accommodate the needs of our student athletes. According to Sheridan High School Activities Director Don Julian, "This area will be state of the art, and will fulfill the injury treatment and prevention needs our athletes so desperately require in the athletic world of the 21st century. We need to help get them there, and we are well on our way with the current commitments we have." While SCSD2 will be contributing a significant portion of the required funding for the facility, several local foundations and the Booster Club are working to fund a portion of the project through private contributions.
In addition to its own financial contribution, the Booster Club has launched a locker sponsorship campaign asking members of the community to sponsor a locker in the new facility for $250 each. With a target of 400 lockers, this program will raise $100,000 toward the new locker rooms and sports medicine facility. Magnifying the effect of these contributions, the Homer A. and Mildred S. Scott Foundation has generously agreed to match all funds generated by the locker sponsorship campaign. As part of the donation, locker sponsors may have a personalized message included on the sponsored locker - thereby providing the names and messages of contributing community members to future generations of athletes.
These messages highlight the role of this project as a legacy for the community, and the benefits of this project will impact student athletes for years to come. Given how long the current facilities have been in service, it is no stretch to imagine the new facility will play an important role to students who are now only in kindergarten or preschool.
To sponsor a locker, or to learn more about the project, please visit the Sheridan Booster Club website.