Booster club makes a splash

"At this point, we're just getting the necessities to run our programs," DeMeo said. "We've obviously been very appreciative to the boosters and all they've contributed to the district the community support has been very, very positive over the years."

In 2006, the lacrosse and football booster clubs chipped in for half the cost of a new scoreboard at the football field, with the district footing the rest of the bill.

Though the purchase of a scoreboard was a goal since the club formed four years ago, fundraising for the board only started in October.

"There were a lot of skeptics who though it couldn't be done," said Cheu. "I was just impressed with how the entire community and the families stepped up to make it possible in such a short time."

Ginsburg spearheaded much of the fundraising efforts and while many parents made donations, he largely focused his solicitations outwards because swimmers and their families already make a lot of sacrifices, he said.

"Everyone agreed the kids deserved it and worked very hard for it," Ginsburg said. "I didn't want to diminish the kids' ability to get the things they needed. A lot of people stepped up in a very generous manner."

The Delmar Dolfins Swim Club chipped in with a $5,000 donation. The 120-member youth swimming program is where many varsity swimmers at BC and Guilderland schools get their first competitive experiences, and the group's contribution will be recognized with a graphic on the scoreboard. The system will be used for their competitions at the high school pool, as well.

"This is our way to help the school district out," said Dolfins President Chris Hettie. "With all the financial issues coming up at the school district...if you're in a position that you can help the school district, it's something you should do."

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