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BKW sport sale a success

 Teams raise $5K for BKW sports program; more events on the horizon

This school year, BKW sports teams and their many supporters decided to try something new when it came to their annual fundraising efforts. As it turns out, the break from the norm paid off handsomely.

Coaches, athletes, parents and community members raised more than $5,000 for the BKW sports program during the 1st annual Community Yard Sale and Chicken BBQ on Sept. 18.

“In past years, individual sports teams held their own fundraisers,” says Maria Tedeschi, a BKW cross country and track coach and district employee who helped to organize the event. “This year, all sports teams decided to pool their resources to consolidate their fundraising efforts, and show their solidarity and commitment to their respective sports in these challenging economic times."

The event featured a 50/50 raffle, pony rides, face painting, airbrush art, massage therapy, and arts and crafts from BKW students and community members. School athletes (many of whom rolled up their sleeves to serve up chicken barbecue to customers) participated from the following teams: cross country/track, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, girls and boys soccer, volleyball, cheerleading, golf, softball, and baseball.

"Hats off to all the athletes, coaches and parents who dedicated their time and volunteered endless hours to organize this event," said Kimberly Audino, president of BKW Sports Boosters. "Thank you for your support! Together we made a difference!"

Audino said the Sports Booster Program aims to conduct three fundraisers per year to help fund needed sports equipment and supplies.

More fundraisers are in the works: A spaghetti dinner is planned for the winter, as well as a spring 5K event.