The ISWA office and USA Wrestling received this plea for help from Hammond Morton. I have forwarded it to all ISWA directors and member clubs. If any individual, school or club can assist, in any way, please contact Scott.
From: Garrison, Scott A [mailto:SAGarrison@hammond.k12.in.us]
Sent: Monday, December 10, 2007 12:50 PM
Subject: Our Wrestling programs is hurting!
I am writing you with a heavy heart. I am a wrestling coach at a high school in Hammond , Indiana . Our wrestling room was hit by arson. I will attach a story that describes in more in detail, but the short version is we lost almost everything. We are practicing in a hallway. We are using old head gear that doesn't fit right, and I think it's pushing some of my freshmen away. We had to purchase new shoes just to have shoes. Most of my kids cannot afford their first pair let alone another pair.
I am at a loss. I don't really know what else to do, we are trying to fundraise, but with the few we have left that is even hard. You know how hard it is to keep a program going, especially in the in-city type school. No funding. When I took over the program, we had a debt of 1200 dollars. I brought it out of that debt, and our wrestling room was actually clean and something to be proud of, well before the fire.
I guess what I am asking for is some help with companies or disruptors that might have extra money in their budget to help out a program that doesn't want to go under.
We are going to get some of the stuff back through insurance, but you never know how long that might take. I still haven't heard a deadline for it.
Thank you for you time and consideration.
Head Wrestling Coach
Morton High School ( Hammond , IN )
Morton picks up the pieces, bounces back from Nov. 6 school fire
Morton picks up the pieces, bounces back from Nov. 6 school blaze
HAMMOND | Rob Johnston isn't old enough to vote, but the Morton senior will never forget Election Day again. In fact, many at Morton won't either.
A fire was set in the school's wrestling room on Tuesday, Nov. 6, the third fire set at the school this year. Hammond police took a 17-year-old Morton student into custody on suspicion of arson. Officials evacuated the school around noon after smoke from the fire set to wrestling mats and football tackling dummies spread throughout the school.
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