2020 END OF SEASON
Never in a million years did anyone expect a season like this. Prior to COVID the board thought our main focus this year would be on bringing high school football back to Greely and recruiting for our youth feeder programs to support that. Instead we entered a roller coaster ride and the focus quickly shifted to just surviving. I’d like to thank the board for all their work this year with making the hard choices and doubling up on or board meetings as information was coming in fast and our direction changing daily. I’d also like to thank the parents for their flexibility and understanding and the kids for their enthusiasm and commitment to football.
The final numbers are not in yet, but we will survive this financially. However, I am very concerned about the future of football if we do not have more participation, not only from registrations, but parent involvement. Our registration numbers were down nearly 50% this year and that includes both flag and tackle. Even if you ignore this season, our numbers have been reducing 10% every year over the last 4 years. This year the junior team (3-4) season ended early due to no coach and lack of kids. If we are unable to change this, I worry that high school may never come back to Greely and the entire program will eventually dissolve.
Participation also includes parent involvement. We can not have the same small group of parents carry the program every year. A number of board members have kids in high school or will be in high school next year, and they will be terming out. That will leave a huge whole in the program. The effects of which we will begin to see this coming year.
I ask all parents with young kids interested in football to step up and join the board. The commitment is minimal. A board meeting a month for 11 months and a few extra hours during the season. We also need coaches especially at the younger levels, both flag and tackle.
February we have our annual meeting where new board members are elected. Communication of this meeting will happen in January, but if you are interested now, please email us at email@example.com and we can add you to our board communications.
One final announcement. We will be doing a fundraiser this November called GotSneakers, a shoe drive. Details will follow from our fundraising director, Mike Bianchi
Everyone have a safe holiday and we hope to see you next season.
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