Community comes together to raise money for middle school sports in West Irondequoit

Updated: 08/08/2014 7:14 PM
Created: 08/08/2014 1:28 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

The West Irondequoit community is coming together to try and bring back middle school sports after budget cuts removed programs.

Twelve-year-old Nathan Regna was supposed to play soccer again this fall but the future of his team in West Irondequoit is in question. Modified B sports for seventh and eighth graders were cut after voters failed to reach a super majority on two budget votes.

Keegan Vankerkhove is in middle school. He said, "I look forward to playing lacrosse every year and now that's been taken away from me and I'll miss out on so much."

But the community is trying to change that. Parents and teachers are teaming up to try to raise money for each activity that was cut. They are trying to raise $95,000 by August 25.

Erin Quintero is a mother and a teacher. She said, "We're well on our way and we've already raised $25,000 and it is corporate and individual donors."

They feel all kids this age deserve the opportunity to play. Quintero said, "Sports is huge for so many kids. It helps with fitness, it helps with self-esteem and it helps building friendships."

The boys tell us they're hopeful they will get to play the sports they love.

The superintendent has told us cutting these programs was the most painful decision he's ever made but he says the District remains committed to academic excellence.

We’re told kids are also organizing fundraisers. For more information on how to donate,click here.

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