All-Sports Boosters give annual financial report

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On the Mark By D. Mark Mitchell

OHS Principal Dr. Farrel Seymore sent the 2019-20 All-Sports Booster Club financial report last week.

The ASBC started the 2019 school year with a balance of $22,880.82, and the Booster Club raised $100,264 for 2019-20, totaling $123,144.82.

The money was raised from corporate sponsors, program ad sales and sales from the football program.

The money is kept in an account set up for the All-Sports Booster Club and is considered public money because it was donated from sponsors.

Athletic Director Mike Pugh makes the decisions on what is spent and the amount given to each sport.

Most sports receives a share of the money in August to help with expenses. The total amount divided among sports was $40,500. 

The following is the amount each Sport received:

• Girls Basketball – $4,000

• Boys Basketball – $4,000

• Baseball – $3,000

• Cheerleaders – $1,000 

• Golf – $1,500

• Soccer – $2,000

($1,000 each for girls and boys)

• Softball $4,000

• Tennis – $2,000

($1,000 each for girls and boys)

• Boys Track – $4,000

• Girls Track – $5,000

• Cross Country – $1,500

• Volleyball – $3,000

• Wrestling – $3,500

• Swimming – $1,000

• Bulldog Pride Cheerleaders  – $1,000

The Track and Field teams received the most, totaling $9,000, without having expenses for the state meet.

The ASBC continued to help the Middle School Athletics, transferring $7,000 to their account.

Cheerleaders received $8,025.00 from program ad sales, Kemp and Sons $9,537 for printing the football programs, Kitchen 3810 received $1,947.50 for catering the corporate sponsor dinner, Lori Rogers was paid $500 for overseeing the football program, and $14,000 was spent under miscellaneous, which includes:

– press box supplies

– Lords Security for football games

– Gabriel Bridal and Formal Care (football players ties and shirts)

– basketball security

– Weldon, Williams and Lick for football tickets and

– Halls Opelika for sponsor dinner. 

The All-Sports Booster Club has a balance of $41,610 heading into the 2020-21 athletic year. 

OHS HIRES BOYS BASKETBALL COACH

Opelika City Schools released a statement around noon, announcing Emanuel Brown as the new head Boys Basketball Coach. Brown had 281 wins in 13 years as head coach while only posting three losing seasons. Coach Brown interviewed with OHS officials last Tuesday and was offered the job Friday morning.

The move obviously made Brown excited, “The Auburn-Opelika area is thriving. The Opelika community stands behind and supports the school, which intrigued me the most. They have great athletes and top notch facilities,” Brown said. “I have seen some film on last year’s team but do not know who is returning.”

OHS interviewed at least four candidates before making an offer. Emanuel Brown replaces John Wadsworth, who resigned to take a coaching position at Enterprise High after 14 years at OHS. It is not known if Brown will continue to coach football as he did at RHS.

WELCOME TO OPELIKA, EMANUEL BROWN

As a friend, I ask you to pray for Coach Dye’s family following his passing on June 1.

D. Mark Mitchell is sports director for iHeart Media, Alabama Dixie Boys State Director and vice president of the A-O Sports Council.

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