The Chatham Athletic Foundation (CAF) is pleased to announce its’ Spring 2012 Grant Program award recipients. The grant program supports youth athletics (K-8th) in Chatham Borough and Township and this Spring CAF awarded four grants totaling $27,500 and impacting thousands of athletes and community members.
The largest grant awarded was $15,000 to Chatham Township to provide enhanced lighting on the new Shunpike turf field. This funding and enhanced lighting system will enable baseball and softball teams to play ball under the lights and help increase safety and use of the turf field.
CAF also awarded a $4,000 grant to Chatham Borough for the Memorial Field Basketball Court. The funding went to the resurfacing and refurbishment of the basketball courts and also included safety coating. Jim Lonergan, Chatham Boro Council President had this to say.
“ …From large projects, like Lum Turf Field and Shunpike, to smaller-scale projects like helping with the (Memorial Field) basketball court, CAF has made a great difference in improving youth athletics for thousands kids in town. We look forward to their continued contributions….”
CAF was also pleased to award two grants supporting specific athletic groups. One grant for $5,000 was awarded to Chatham Recreation supporting the purchase of much needed football practice equipment. This impacts about 180 Chatham Rec football players, who start their season this coming August.
The final grant was awarded to the Chatham High School Women’s Golf program to provide golf clinics for the Chatham Middle School and support the second year start-up costs for the High School Program. The Middle School program helps pass along “love of the game of golf” and has become a feeder program for the High School team. Andy Gyves from the HS program said the following,
“The success of the high school girl’s golf team depends largely on the feeder system that is developed at the middle school level…. These girls would not be playing golf at the High School level without CAF's help. We (and the girls) can't thank you enough.”
To find out how you can support the Chatham Athletic Foundation go to www.chathamathleticfoundation.org. And mark your calendar’s for our next fundraising event on September 22, 2012. It will be the fall event of the season and more details will be available shortly on the website.
The Chatham Athletic Foundation is a 501 C3 organization created to promote youth athletics and help increase safety in youth athletics by providing funding that helps reduce the burden of our local Township and Boroughs government. For further information or to make a tax deductible donation, please visit our website at www.chathamathleticfoundation.org