My youngest son has just joined his middle schools wrestling team. He has been looking forward to it for years as he was dragged from match to match, watching his big brothers wrestle for years.
But we have found his experience a little disappointing compared to our older sons experience. I have just found out recently that over the years the middle schools wrestling equipment and gear have slowly dwindled down due to over use, theft and/or lose.
Because this is a Modified team, and isn?t as ?important? to the school district as the Junior Varsity or Varsity team, the school has made major budget cuts to the program.
Therefore parents have to supply everything from headgear to shoes to singlet?s. Although, the mats are in fine shape (only because they are hand-me down from the high school) we are in constant need for the tape to hold them together. (Which I hear is expensive)
Most parents, like myself do not have a problem with supplying for our kids, but I have noticed several families have been forced to pull their kids out of the program because they just can not afford the gear. Our team has gone from 34 boys to 21 in the last week.
Although there is a wonderful team of people that make up our wrestling community and our Booster Club, the monies raised by raffle tickets and other fund raisers are again, put to use mainly for the JV and Varsity team.
So now I find myself trying to find a way to offset the costs for parents by possibly buying supplies, such as the headgear in bulk, or at a discounted rate or even donated (free would be very nice!) as a donation to the modified wrestling program.
If there is anyone out there that has any information that can assist me, it would be greatly appreciated not only by me but by many of kids present and future on our team!
A dedicated Wrestling Mom!