Raising the Funds

Raising the Funds

Jacob Tillman

Staff Writer

Fundraisers are the main way of raising money for school sports teams. This year the Keller Football, Volleyball, and Softball teams did a telethon fundraiser, which is when the players call people they chose and ask for money to donate to the program over a period of 40 minutes. Those people were then allowed to write messages on a player’s profile of their choice on the team website.

This year the fundraisers were very successful; especially the Softball fundraiser, which is predicted to raise over $8000 with donations still coming in. The money earned by the 33 Softball team players will be used to fund field improvements, equipment, and the Bryan Tournament.

Head Coach Bryan Poehler, who is on his third year at Keller, shows how happy he is with the fundraiser.

“It was neat to see how many people believed in these girls and supported them and how they all worked together as a team and had fun.  It was as much a team building activity as it was fund raising,” Poehler said.

The whole event only took about 60 minutes; 20 for instructions and preparations, and a 40-minute fundraiser ‘blitz’. Once pledges were made, an email was sent the pledgees giving them instructions on how to donate to the program.

“This was by far one of the most successful fundraisers we have done. We will definitely do the fundraiser again next year,” said Poehler.

This successful fundraiser opens a lot of possibilities for the Softball team, and Poehler elaborates on what the plans are.

“We made a lot of field improvements this year such as tearing out the chain link fence in front of the dugouts and putting in a more modern railing.  We re-built the wood portions of the dugouts.  We put in a new mound.  We also put in new bullpens for both the visiting team and ourselves and put in a gate so that we would have special access to our bullpen. We bought a lot of clay for new walking paths on the field and we are planning to get the infield completely re-done this summer,” Poehler said.

Poehler then tells what made him want to coach softball.

“It was very similar to baseball, which I grew up playing and have coached for 10 years. It is fast paced and the girls are extremely talented and fun to be around,” Poehler said.

He also reveals what his favorite part of coaching softball is.

“[My favorite part is] the people from the players to the coaches.  They make everyday fun for me and it never feels like work,” Poehler said.

Poehler has also taught chemistry for 6 years, and he tells what motivated him to teach the class.

“I love chemistry. I was really good at it in college and it is one of the classes where we get to be more hands on,” Poehler said.

With the Softball season about to start and the first day of practice being Friday, January 23rd, and the first varsity game on February 3rd, Poehler shows how excited he is for this year’s season.

“We have a very talented group this year; one of the best groups that have been here in a while. We have very high expectations for this year,” Poehler said.

Poehler then adds his final thought.

“I would like to extend a big thank you to everyone who supports Keller High School Softball and I hope that many of you come out to watch us play this year. We are going to have a great year, anticipating lots of success and the girls would love for everyone to come out and support them,” Poehler said.