Dear Friends of Waukesha West Athletics,
It is with great excitement that I announce the creation of the Waukesha West Athletic Endowment Fund. The purpose of our endowment fund is to invest in and plan for the future of Waukesha West Athletics now, such that funds donated can multiply through the earnings of an investment account. We believe taking a more strategic and proactive approach will allow this fund to provide substantially for our student-athletes for many years to come.
In May 2014 we “crossed the finish line” for our Fields of Many Dreams project. This initiative to install synthetic turf at all three Waukesha High Schools carried a price tag of $1.5 million. The project endured many obstacles along the way due to a troublesome economy, lack of clarity around the project, and unrealistic expectations. Although we are elated three years later to see turf installed at West High School, we also hope to never go through the same fundraising process ever again. We believe the start of our endowment fund will be the strategic answer in making future dreams come true.
At the collegiate level endowment funds are widely used, and the tool has proven to meet the demands of successful athletic programs. As we begin the Waukesha West Athletic Endowment Fund (WWAEF), West High School will be one of the only public schools in the state to operate an endowment fund. This forward-thinking approach will enable us to continue improving the student-athlete experience our children deserve.
Waukesha West High School proudly coordinates 28 athletic teams and clubs. Since our school opened for the 1993-1994 school year, the Wolverines have established a strong foundation of excellence, including 22 state championships and 69 conference championships. As you read this letter, I am certain that Waukesha West Athletics have made a positive impact on the lives of you and your loved ones as a participant, parent, or fan. I encourage you to consider giving back through the WWAEF in order to ensure that future Wolverines are able to celebrate the same type of experience that you have enjoyed.
The harsh reality of public school athletics is that our budget only continues to shrink. In order to maximize the student-athlete experience in the manner that our children deserve, private funding sources have become more and more critical. We believe that taking a strategic approach to raising and investing funds over the long term is a far superior to raising funds on a project by project basis as individual project needs arise.
Please thoughtfully consider a strategic investment in the future and become a Waukesha West Advocate by contributing to the Athletic Endowment Fund. The future will be bright with your partnership!
Waukesha West Athletic Director & WWAEF President