Our objective is to provide funding to supplement the Zeeland athletic budget and to promote a positive athletic environment.
From the support of parents, the community local businesses, and concession sales The Zeeland Athletic Boosters Club (ZABC) presented $23,245 for Zeeland Athletics in December 2012. $9,000 was awarded to each Athletic Director, Tim Ritsema and Mark Werley and $5,245 was awarded to Team Accounts from concession hours.
Athletic Directors' testimonials
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I can say that since Mark and I have been here, the boosters have worked incredibly hard in generating much needed funds for both schools. As school budgets continually decline, we are forced to look at other areas of revenue to sustain our two programs. The board has given much of their time to make this happen. Both schools use funds for items and things that
our regular budget doesn’t cover. Paying assistant coaches, weight room supervisors, and our summer programs are things that come to mind. However, we have also used funds to help in covering the costs of uniforms. Uniforms are not cheap (and for East, brown is usually a specialty color that costs more). Booster funds in the past have usually gone for “wants” but lately we have used them more for our “needs”. I can’t see either school operating at our level without the efforts of our dedicated parents that serve on the ZABC!
Tim Ritsema – Zeeland East Athletic Director
Mark Werley – Zeeland West Athletic Director
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From Coach Pennington: The funds that we use from the boosters has enabled us to offer our athletes a summer conditioning program called the Edge. The Edge provides us with the the foundation all athletes should have as they prepare for their upcoming season. Being able to line up against your opponent and know there is a good chance you outworked him in the summer is a great feeling.
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As a varsity coach in both athletic departments (East Soccer and Zeeland Lacrosse, a co-op) I appreciate all the booster leadership and membership continues to do to make this thing called Zeeland Athletics go! It is a bit mind boggling to think
of all the financial contributions and volunteer hours invested by our parents to support our teams. Although, it is sometimesover stated, I really believe we could not do what we do for our athletes and teams without the Zeeland Booster Club.
With an attitude of gratitude,
TODD KAMSTRA Zeeland East Soccer Zeeland Lacrosse* * *
Booster Club:Thank you so very much for the wonderful financial support. The funds that have been generated and disbursed to our athletic department at Zeeland West will have so many more positive ramifications than I can list. Thank you for helping me make a huge difference in the lives of my players. Your support reaches so many and the result is so positive. The high quality athletic experience that Zeeland is known for is possible because of your generosity and your time serving the community of Zeeland as part of the ZABC. Thank you.
JEFF VANHUIS Zeeland West Baseball Coach