Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Help Save Cross Country Running in Duval Public Schools!

Please join 1st Place Sports in our campaign to try and save cross country in Duval Country public high schools. Due to cuts in education spending by our state, the Duval County School Board has decided to cut cross country and several other sports from their budget. This means 17 high schools in Duval County will no longer have cross country teams. We need to raise $70,000 by July 1st to save these programs. The money we raise would go directly to coaching stipends. 

1st Place Sports is donating $10,000 to get the campaign started. We will also be donating $5 for every shoe we sell in our four stores during the month of June. Jacksonville is such a great running town. It would be a shame for us to allow cross country to disappear from our public schools. We ask you to join us in this fight.  A donation of $5 to $10 would go along way in helping us reach our goal. If you need new shoes soon,  then try to purchase them in June to help raise money for the cross country programs.  

Donations by check can be made payable to 1st Place Sports Running Club, 3931 Baymeadows Road, Jacksonville, FL 32217 or you can donate on-line.  Online donations will be charged a server and process fee, so we encourage you to pay by check for larger donations.  We are using the 1st Place Sports Running Club, a 501(c)3 organization (your donations are tax deductible) this year since time is of the essence.  We will be setting up a Foundation to support the cross country teams for future years. 

Jane and Doug Alred


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