Updated: 09/02/2014 5:31 PM
Created: 09/02/2014 11:11 AM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath
They are celebrating in the West Irondequoit Central School District. The community raised enough money to bring back all modified sports teams for the year.
Those teams were part of budget cuts after the District failed to get enough votes to override the governor's tax cap.
“We might have a party.” That’s because 13-year-old Gabriel Quintero learned today, after experiencing a roller coaster of emotions, he and his friends can play sports this year. “It feels great that me and my team will be able to do what we love.”
Quintero and West Irondequoit school officials came together to announce they raised $95,000 for all modified sports teams.
West Irondequoit Director of Health, PE and Athletics Anthony Lipani made the following announcement: "I hope this correspondence finds you well! It is with great pleasure and excitement that we formally announce: ALL 29 of our Modified Athletic teams have been restored for the 2014-2015 academic year. This amazing feat (in six weeks) is due to the hard work and dedication of the Irondequoit All Sports Booster Club, INC. hundreds of donations, as well as one significant donation today made by Mark's Pizzeria, that took us from 17 teams to 29 teams. We would like to thank everyone for their donations, commitment, and unwavering effort on behalf of our students. This school year we will have upwards of 700 students participating in Modified Sports. As you know, athletics is just one of the many extra-curricular activities that West Irondequoit has to offer. Our students and community are remarkable and I am personally honored to be the Director of Health, Physical Education, and Athletics in a district that cares so much about the welfare of our students."
The last minute deadline was met thanks to a $47,000 donation from the owner of Mark's Pizzeria, an alum and former modified sports player.