A Knox County high school is facing a situation of a bit too much of a good thing. Wins by its sports teams have earned players spots in out-of-town tournaments. Now the school’s money to pay for those trips is spread thin.
Coaches say no matter what, these kids are going to the tournament to play, but trips like this are really expensive so it’s going to take a grassroots effort to make up the difference.
South-Doyle’s soccer team is making history this season. This is the first time they’ve made it this far.
“We’ve had some hiccups along the way, but we definitely made a lot of big gains and a lot of progress together,” said junior Nick Corbitt.
One hiccup nearing the end of the season has to do with money.
“We plan for opportunities to go to state tournaments every year, but this year we had some success with wrestling. Our track team is going Thursday for the spring fling, so we had more teams actually advance than we had planned for,” said Principal Tim Berry.
The team’s been planning, but for things like lodging, the cost is estimated to be $1,000 per night. Then to rent buses, that’s $1,500 to $2,000 per day.
“We know it’s going to happen. We know it’s going to be special for the kids and we know it’s going to be amazing,” said Coach Adam Massie.
The school raises money to pay for tournaments during homecoming. Roughly $9,000 to $10,000 is set aside to fund opportunities for a number of teams.
“We’re shifting some funds too, and our parents are doing a little fundraising to make sure that everyone’s comfortable and we don’t go without,” said Berry.
“We know whatever we can raise helps us a lot and whatever we don’t pull off, I know the school is going to be there to help us out,” said Massie.
South-Doyle has a big send-off planned for the soccer team on Tuesday morning. If the team wins on Tuesday, they’ll play again on Wednesday. If they win that game, they’ll play for the state title on Friday.
Parents have been working to raise money with a GoFundMe account. Click here to donate.