The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) has long been known for its excellent athletic programs. We are proud of this reputation and recognize that athletics support our students’ physical, social, and academic development. Unfortunately, due to the continuing financial crisis in the State of California and the reduction of funding for public education, the district cut $160,000 from high school athletics in 2011-2012. That is a total reduction of over one million dollars to athletics since 2010.
A Parent Advisory Committee was formed to explore alternative financial options for supporting the district’s athletic programs. As a result of the recommendations of this parent committee, as well as those of principals, athletic directors, and coaches, the Board of Education approved the implementation of a Voluntary Athletic Contribution (VAC) plan.
The purpose of the plan is to support our athletic programs and help offset district and school site budget reductions that have affected the existing programs. We encourage your help and support to ensure the success of the plan.
The goal is to raise $150,000 in donations through the VAC plan. Click here to view the PULSE of the VAC
To support the VAC fundraising goal, the Athletic Parent Advisory Committee has recommended a per student-athlete voluntary contribution:
|First Sport||= $150|
|Second Sport/Second Sibling||= $125|
|Third Sport/Third Sibling||= $100|
It is not the intent of the VAC to create a financial hardship and contributions are not mandatory, but to accomplish the goal, every student-athlete is encouraged to contribute. While your child will not be adversely affected in terms of her/his participation in the district’s athletic programs should your family choose not to make a financial contribution, neither will a VAC contribution ensure your student’s inclusion on a team or guarantee playing time. Families who wish to contribute more or less than the suggested amount or who choose not to make a contribution may indicate so on the VAC form. All VAC contributions are tax-deductible.
We are grateful for your continued support of EGUSD athletics, especially in these uncertain economic times. The district’s goal is to continue to offer a quality athletic program at each of its comprehensive high school sites. Your voluntary contribution will provide our students with the opportunity to enhance their personal growth and have a positive high school experience through participation in athletics.