This was one of our favorite delivery's EVER! It started with a letter from a couple who have two children playing basketball at Mission Bay High School in San Diego, Ca... They wrote about the many thankless nights at the snack bar and many hours spent with fundraising attempts and with all that the girls varsity basketball team still looked like quote, "The Bad News Bears"... The letter (posted below) was exactly what we are always looking for, helping high school athletes that need it but more importantly DESERVE it. Our budget was close to $12,000 for this donation and we were able to use that to purchase brand new home and away jerseys, warm up pants, and jackets, logo'd Nike backpacks, plus an 8000 series Gun Shooting basketball machine. Congrats to Mission Bay, we hope to add One More Win to the Buc's season! WATCH THE VIDEO, we were able to suprise the girls on their first day of practice. If you would like to tell us about your high school sports program and your needs, go to the Nominate tab in the menu. Be very specific, we actually had never heard of a shooting gun until we received this letter... It is an incredible resource that will always be on our radar.... Thanks again to anyone who has donated or participated in our fund raising efforts. Here is the original letter.....
Dear One More Win,
As a military family we have attended various schools in different districts. We were surprised when we found out Mission Bay doesn’t have any type of boosters club or athletic parent program. My daughter has played basketball for Mission Bay for three years under two different coaches. Fundraising is left up to each individual team. My husband and I worked the snack bar at every single game however the crowd for girls games is so small, maybe 5 home fans per game, so it didn’t prove to be very fruitful. We also ran a Krispy Kreme fundraiser which did help a little. My husband and I are the only parents who have made an effort in three years to try and fundraiser for the girls team with no success. My husband teases that we look like the bad news bears when we go to other schools. The girls see other teams and even other sports at our school with new uniforms, jackets, and other gear, and come up empty handed. This year the girls got nothing from the season, not even a T-shirt. Last year they won league and made it to CIF semi-finals and opted to forfeit a banquet in order to get small jackets for the team. We have met with the administrators and athletic director but because it’s up to each team and each coach we continue to come to a dead end. The basketball coach is also the softball coach, and the two seasons even overlap during the end of the season and the playoffs. The affect that lack of funding has had on this team has been far greater than just appearance of the team. It has really worn on the spirit of the girls and the girls varsity basketball program as a whole. This year proved difficult to even get enough girls to make a full team. Girls who have never touched a basketball were recruited from other MB sports like softball and volleyball. We just can’t build up nor get excitement for this basketball program. Funding has been an absent element, non-existent. It makes it even harder being a military neighborhood school because kids and parents come and go. It’s hard to build that parent led team to help fulfill the team needs. My daughter will be a senior next year, and has played varsity since her freshman year, if she could leave this team with some promise and hope next year, she will know she made a difference in the program. She’s always been about leading the team. In middle school there was no girls team so she tried our dor thr hous team, was the starting point guard and her 8th grade year started a girls team which my husband coached and finished undefeated that year. The Pacific Beach middle school girl’s team still continues today. We believe it’s important to not just contribute to any team but to be a game changer, make a difference and leave a leagacy behind. We would be so incredibly grateful and honored to be considered for this program. Mission Bay girls Varsity basketball lacks equipment, funding, and resources. Please help! This could help us to completely change the girls basketball program, and give hope to other girls who wish to play this sport at Mission Bay. We want to thank you for recognizing that this is a problem across San Diego, and these kids who give endless hours of dedication and time representing their schools deserve better.
Goes to the improvement of underserved High School athletic programs in dire need.