The Opportunity Fund supports equitable access to sports and activities for all middle school students.
Budget cuts have required the school district to use a “Pay to Play” program for middle activities and sports. This has been accompanied by a 50% drop in participation over the past three years. With over 50% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch, many families cannot afford the participation fees of $95-$185 per sport.
Students who participate in middle school sports and activities get better grades, and are more likely to engage in high school sports and activities, and to graduate from high school on time.
We are now in our fourth year of supporting Hood River Middle School and WyEast Middle School sports participation fees for economically disadvantaged students. We are thrilled to report that participation by all students has significantly increased over this time frame. We have committed to continuing our support for an additional 2 years. This program is 100% supported by donations from the many generous individuals and businesses in our community. THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!