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Supporting Gunn Athletes
It has been an exciting first semester in the world of athletics at Gunn High School. During the fall we encountered many amazing moments, including SCVAL championships and CCS playoffs. The look on the athlete’s faces is always rewarding when the hard work and determination pay off.
Gunn High School Athletics The Athletic Department continues to support athletes and their coaches by providing many things to them so they can continue their positive sports experience here at Gunn. The Palo Alto Unified School District only pays for coaches' stipends. Budget cuts and state regulations in recent years have eliminated all additional funding for high school sports.
On average, the cost per athlete per sport is close to $200. This amount includes:
- league fees
- tournament fees
- referees · busses
- medical supplies, and
- equipment needed to compete for all of our sports teams.
Your donation of $200 per athlete is the sole source of income to cover these expenses. (This amount is set by the district.) Donations from student athletes cover about 80% of total program expenses; the rest is provided through fundraising. Without this money the athletic program cannot continue, and will cease, as has already happened in some districts in California. If the participation donation is a financial burden for your family, please consider giving what you can. Every contribution helps.
Please make out your checks to Gunn High School, with your athlete’s name and sport in the memo line. If you pay the participation donation online on the Gunn Sports Boosters website (http://www.gunnsportsboosters.com), please make sure to note your athlete’s name and sport in the memo line at the very bottom of the page.
The Gunn Athletics Program is a successful and important part of the Gunn experience. Participation increases each year; last year over 55% of Gunn students participated in the sports program.
View this incredible video, created by our TBN crew, showing the amazing dedication and hard work of our athletes.
Through the hard work and dedication of our coaches and athletes, Gunn athletes compete in the Central Coast Section and CA State tournaments each year as well as other prestigious sporting events. These students, your children and their friends, need our support.