GREENVILLE — Earlier this year, community volunteers set out to raise at least $45,000 to rescue six Greenville-Weston High sports from suspension due to an $163,000 cut to the athletic budget.
The sports have since been reinstated and the group has raised $70,735, with $10,000 in pledges left to be collected, said Dr. Ilean Richards of the Mississippi Centere for Education Innovation.
So far, nearly 70 individuals and business have contributed to the effort to save non-revenue sports at Greenville-Weston.
The first of the once-suspended sports to take the field was the slow-pitch softball team, which began their season in May. In their first game, the Honeybees rallied back to defeat the O'Bannon Lady Waves.
Donations can still be made by sending funds assigned to the Special Athletic Fund to the Greenville Municipal School District, 412 Main Street, Greenville, Miss. 38702.
Girls soccer coach needed
Another once-suspened sport, soccer, is scheduled to begin practice next week, said Athletic Director David Barrow. But the school is still in search of a volunteer girls soccer coach. A volunteer boys soccer coach has been hired, he added. Their first game has been scheduled for Nov. 13.
Hornets on the radio
Thanks to athletic sponsors, Greenville-Weston High football games can now be heard on the WBAD 94.3 FM radio station on Friday nights.