Sparks high school raises $40,000 for football program

Published: Jun. 4, 2018 at 9:21 AM PDT
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The community has come together to help the Sparks High School football program buy new equipment for this upcoming season.

"There's no words to describe it, we're just absolutely thankful; appreciative of everything the entire community did," said head football coach Brad Rose.

The school needed to raise a minimum of $6,000 to replace 24 helmets that were deemed unfit for use. They were scheduled to lose another 17 by next year; 41 of their 90 helmets total for all three levels of football. Thanks to numerous donations and a fundraiser, the Railraiders raised $40,000.

"We just feel extremely lucky to have the support that we have," added Rose. "That's something that we're really going to emphasize this year, that we're not only playing for Sparks High School, but the entire community that supported us. And it has just changed the entire feeling of the program right now. "

Les Schwab contributed $6,000, and the school was given $1,000 each from Western Nevada Supply, Fireplace Distributors of Nevada, Walmart and Sierra Air. There were also numerous individual donations, including gifts from the Maldonado family, Judge Higgins, Skip Daley and Local 169. The school was also able to raise another $6,000 from its fundraiser.

Reno Dodge also chipped in, donating a brand new Fiat that the school will raffle off. Those proceeds will also benefit the football program.

The money has allowed Sparks to buy new helmets and shoulder pads, plus save some money in a fund for future needs. Coach Rose plans to buy five new helmets in each of the next ten years to make sure they're always replenishing their base of equipment.

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