Gilroy, CA – The Gilroy Unified School District and Christopher High School are grateful for the generous gift of $50,000 from the Christopher Family Foundation in support of the CHS Athletic Department. The donation will be used to augment start-up costs for all athletic department operations at Christopher High School following the cancellation of high school athletics due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Founded in 2019, the Christopher Family Foundation (CFF) is the nonprofit affiliated with Christopher Ranch, the largest family-owned garlic farm in the world. The CFF works with local organizations to provide support and results for programs serving youth, the under-privileged, and education. The Christopher family believes that education is the panacea for so many of our community’s challenges, so the CFF works with schools and institutions to reach youth of all ages, to help set them up for success.
Ken Christopher, Executive Vice President of Christopher Ranch, shared, “My family firmly believes that a well-rounded education including not only academics, but also sports, can and will give our hometown’s youth the ability to excel. These past 18 months have undeniably been hard on our community’s students, and if the Christopher Family Foundation can do something to make a positive impact, we’re proud to do so.”
Following the closure of GUSD Schools on March 13, 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, high school athletic departments were unable to generate funds necessary to cover operating costs. The costs were funded by admission ticket sales to all home athletic events in the past. Revenue generated from ticket sales is used to schedule transportation for student-athletes, pay officials’ fees for home contests, purchase equipment, pay league/ section and CIF dues, and other necessary items needed to successfully operate an athletic program on a high school campus.
A typical high school athletic department budget can include costs for each season (fall, winter & spring):
- Officiating fees: $45,000 annually ($15,000 per season)
- Peninsula Sports administrative fees: $9,750 annually ($3,250 per season)
- League (PCAL), Section (CCS) and State (CIF) fees: $6,000 annually ($2,000 per season)
- Travel expenditures: $15,000 annually for all programs
- Additional costs for individual programs: between $5,000-$15,000 for all programs
Christopher High School principal, Jeremy Dirks, has seen firsthand the impact of the generosity of the Christopher Family Foundation on students: “We continue to be amazed by the generosity of the Christopher Family. The last few years have been difficult for our athletic program as we have not been able to have our big revenue events due to COVID-19 and other circumstances out of our control while at the same time still having expenditures. This money will help us set a solid foundation for years to come and to ensure that our student-athletes have access to the appropriate equipment, uniforms, and opportunities that we desire to provide for them.”
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