Sports Foundation presents to city councilPublished 9:29pm Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Alexander City Sports Foundation gave a presentation to the City Council of Alexander City following the council’s Tuesday meeting.
About a dozen of the local men and women involved with the organization attended the presentation where foundation treasurer Randy Lee Sr. addressed the council on the 501-c3 non-profit organization’s goals.
“Our initial goal is to increase participation in youth programs,” Lee said. “I remember back 40 years ago – I graduated from BRHS 40 years ago – and I can remember when we had enough little league football players where it took all week to play the games. We want to see that effort again.”
Lee went on to say that while he realizes youth today have more things to do – such as play with computers or cell phones – the foundation’s goal is to develop communication between schools, city officials and parents.
“We want to recruit more community involvement for the betterment of athletics as a whole in Alexander City,” Lee told the council. “We want to raise funds to aid all youth, schools and athletic programs to ensure our kids have the best facilities and equipment to compete on a statewide level.”
To sum it up, Lee read the council the foundation’s mission statement:
“The Alexander City Sports Foundation is a city wide, collaborative non-profit group that facilitates organization, communication, and cooperation between all city sports programs, local governments, and schools through coordinated operations, constant fund raising and shared resources in order to promote a positive environment for all Alexander City citizens.”
Lee also announced the foundation’s newly elected officers: Randy Lee Jr., president; Steve Robinson, vice president/finance; Bill White, vice president/recruitment; Brett Pritchard, vice president/communications; Lori Baker, secretary; and Randy Lee Sr., treasurer.
Jo James, Joe Cowart, Randy Adair, Eugene Reynolds, Douglas Baker, Jennifer Morris and Delantus Young make up the board of directors.
Thomas Radney is foundation attorney and Jay Hare is foundation accountant.
Councilman Bill Young told Lee that while he supports the foundation “200 percent,” one thing he cautioned the council about is how difficult it could be to raise the funds they need and acquire enough sponsors.
“We don’t know how much money we’ll be able to raise,” Lee responded. “We would love to be able to have meetings with the city to discuss what needs to be upgraded, what we don’t have enough of, how we can help to be able to get to that point, and hopefully we can have those discussions. We really just want to help (Parks and Recreation Director/Athletics Supervisor) Sonny Wilson and have the best sports organization the city’s ever had.”
Mayor Barbara Young said the foundation was something greatly needed.
“I’m delighted in this, I really am,” Young said. “It’s a great opportunity.”