Annual Appeal Letter

Fall 2016

Dear Friends and Families of Wayland Athletics,

As the summer comes to an end, our student-athletes are already gathering on the playing fields getting ready for the start of what is sure to be another outstanding year for Wayland High School (WHS) athletics.

The 2015-2016 accomplishments were impressive with five DCL Championships, fifteen teams going into post-season play, two Divisional titles, three Wayland Weston crew teams at Youth Nationals, and three State Championships.

More importantly, we continue to have a very high participation rate for a town our size with 60 teams at the high school and another nine teams at Wayland Middle School (WMS). WHS had approximately 2,000 roster spots for players and over 500 families with at least one athlete in our program. In addition, the class of 2016 has five student-athletes going on to play at Division I schools–an impressive number for WHS!

We are also proud of the contributions the Wayland Booster’s Association has been able to provide to Wayland athletics– all made possible by your generous donations.

In 2015-2016, we saw the implementation of our two 14-passenger buses which are not only used by many of our smaller teams, but have also been used for other activities such as the WHS Community Service Day and the 6th grade bike trip to Walden Pond. With the help of several families, Boosters was able to purchase a new scoreboard for the turf field – installation scheduled for early this fall. We were also able to support several safety-related grants including ImPACT concussion testing software for WHS and WMS students, and safety helmets for the sailing team.

We could not accomplish this without your continued support of our student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence both on and off the field. Last year, we had 148 friends, families and alumni donate a total of $47,760 to Wayland Boosters and for the second year in a row, we had a generous family step forward and make an extraordinary gift of $15,000.

Our fundraising goal this year is $50,000. Reaching this goal would enable Boosters to purchase and install an industrial washer and dryer for the athletic department in support of their initiative to provide new uniforms for the high school teams over the next few years. We also hope to purchase a new golf cart for use by our athletic department. A reliable golf cart would ease the transportation of water and equipment to/from practices and games as well as provide increased visibility of the Athletic Director at our home athletic events. We would be doing this while preserving our traditional events and awards such as Signing Day, Wayland Boosters Awards each season, pins, trophies, patches and subsidized Varsity jackets in addition to awarding grants to our teams in need.

We are once again offering several levels of support including:
Hall of Fame: $1,000+ All-Star: $750+ MVP: $500+ Team: $250+ Player: $100+

Wayland Boosters Association is a tax-exempt organization and all contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A donation form and return envelope is enclosed for your convenience or you may donate online through the Boosters website at: www.waylandboosters.org

Thank you for you continued support – it means so much to our student-athletes!

Sincerely,

Maureen Tillett