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An Important Message from our Football Coach, Alex Nicholson:

 

Dear Shaker Heights Family, Friends, & Fans,

I hope this message finds you and your family happy & healthy during these unprecedented times. As our 2020 season preparations are fully underway with summer workouts and practices, we are extremely hopeful that we will be able to have a football season.

We need your help! Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we have had to rethink our fundraising strategy. Last year we were able to hold a car wash, sell gold cards, and run concessions at our home games. Those fundraisers brought $2,000, $13,000, and $7,000 respectively into our program. Due to the pandemic, we are not able to hold a car wash and we will not be able to sell gold cards. With our attendance levels at home games expected to be capped significantly, our concession stand funds will be negatively impacted.

We do however still need to find a way to offset costs, for the 110+ players that will be competing for us this upcoming season. This year we have partnered with the Shaker Schools Foundation and their expertise as the fundraising arm of the district. We are asking for your generous support to help us offer a higher quality high school football experience for all participants, regardless of what the pandemic does to our season.

Football, especially high school football, is the ultimate teacher of life. It teaches lessons that the rest of high school struggles to teach. Overcoming adversity, teamwork, commitment, courage, sacrifice, and preparation. There is no other sport where you prepare more than you play. You train from December through August spending countless hours in the weight room, attending position meetings & drill work, speed training, and leadership classes. During all of this training, you don’t even play a game but you learn. You learn how to commit to something bigger than yourself and sacrificing what you want at the moment for what you want most. You learn how to count on the guy next to you by persevering through tough workouts together. Then after all of that, you only get 10 guaranteed games. Football is more than just teaching blocking, tackling, throwing, and catching. It teaches life.

No matter what happens to our season, we will still continue to move forward and provide these, and many more experiences to our student-athletes.

Our Raider Platoon program helps us teach those life lessons. It was created to provide a merit-based system for players that deserve to be rewarded for their attendance, grades, positive behavior, and supporting their fellow student-athletes. Players earned off-season meals, exclusive Nike gear, and Gatorade products.  These rewards provide our young men with extreme pride for earning something through hard work and dedication. Our young men work tirelessly to represent this program, school, and community in a positive way. They feel immense pride in their hard work and wearing the Red & White.

Your generous donation will allow us to provide the very best high school football experience possible. Donations will go towards specialty training equipment, support staff and equipment, future team events, Raider Platon program, volunteer coach program, team meals, and post-practice/workout nutrition.

Thank you so much for taking the time to view our fundraiser page. If you could please spread the word about our fundraiser by sharing it with your friends via email, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram we would greatly appreciate it!

GO RAIDERS!

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Coach Nicholson

nicholson_a@shaker.org