SHADYSIDE - Like so many organizations in 2013, the Shadyside Sports Foundation is struggling with low numbers.
However, President Doug Campbell isn't allowing the fact that the foundation has just six solidly committed members slow down the level of commitment to aiding the student-athletes of Shadyside High School.
"I always look at the positives and the glass is always half full," Campbell said. "We're trying to continue to build on what we've done. We've got enough people involved to get some things accomplished, but we'd certainly like to have more. But, if we have six, we'll do it. If we have 16, we'll do it. If we have 30? We'll do it."
PICTURED ARE locker tags that are being sold by the Shadyside Sports Foundation for installation in the Shadyside Field House at Fleming Field. The first tags completed honor the Fleming Family.
The Sports Foundation, which has oversaw the installation of a new infield on the baseball field as well as the new sprinkler system underneath Fleming Field, is embarking on a new fundraising project.
Former Tigers will have a chance to be recognized with a plaque in a locker inside the newly remodeled Shadyside fieldhouse at Fleming Field.
"We could really reap some benefits from this," Campbell said. "We've been able to spread the word through social media and we're having some success."
The plaques in the lockers cost $250 for the first name and each additional name will cost $50.
"The locker tags are for the people who played football who want to purchase a locker," said Shadyside High principal and superintendent John Haswell. "
Just three plaques has been installed in a locker thus far. The Fleming Family - Don, Ty and Denny - have had their names permanenty installed in locker number one.
"I thought it was only fitting to put (the Fleming Family) on locker number one," Haswell said. "The field is named after Don, Ty spent many years coaching here, so they're like the first family of football here."
According to Haswell, the engraving of the plaques can be done in house, so as soon as a donation comes in, the plaque can be engraved and hung up.
"I've got five people who've already donated, so we're going to get their tags up and in their lockers," Haswell said. "We now have the ability to update the board daily if need be."
Along with the plaques inside the lockers, the Sports Foundation is also creating a donor board that will have different levels and a plaque with the donors' name will be etched onto it into certain clubs based on their donations.
"We're trying to get the sports foundation's name out there a little bit and we think the plaques will provide incentive for people," Campbell said.
The levels of donations to have a name placed on the donor board are as follows: Black Club ($100); White Club ($101-$250); Orange Club ($251-$500) and the Tiger Club ($501 or more).
"That was John's idea and I think it's going be a big success," Campbell said.
All of the proceeds generated from the Sports Foundation are used for athletic facilities.
"Not everyone played football, so the wall is for anyone who wants to donate to help us out," Haswell said. "All of the donations are tax deductible."
Haswell believes the donor board will be up before the Tigers' football season ends.
For more information, contact Haswell or Campbell.