Colusa High School has launched a fundraising campaign in hopes of improving its weight room and sports equipment.
“The room currently used as a weight room is one of the school’s larger portable buildings located behind the gymnasium,” said Coach Paul J. Theriault (Coach T), head football coach for the Colusa Redhawks.
Additionally the equipment now available to the students is poor at best and also needs to be upgraded.
Although Theriault is head football coach at the school he said improved space and equipment will benefit all student-athletes for maximum strength and safety.
He estimates that it will require eight half-racks and an additional 6 benches to accomplish this goal. “The half racks and the benches would allow the student-athletes to train in cross-fit techniques which build strength in the tendons and ligaments and allow for maximum participation and safety for all athletes,” said Theriault.
Funds needed to upgrade the equipment is about $13,000 and to date total donations of about $5,000 have been made collectively by area businesses including Central Valley Gas Storage, Weston Buildings, Jeff Savage Plumbing and F & L Farms Trucking.
“We really appreciate the support these businesses have given to kick-start our fundraising efforts,” said Theriault.
Once the equipment upgrade is complete, Theriault said they would then focus on renovating the weight room as well.
“Although we can make the portable work for the time being it falls short of our goal for training all future athletes in Colusa,” said Theriault. “There just isn’t enough space.”
While donations are welcomed and appreciated Theriault said one other program has also benefited the schools sports programs.
During the summer Theriault and other volunteers established a non-profit organization called Colusa Sports Camp. The idea behind this was to generate money to upgrade the equipment for all sports at all levels. This summer the first Youth Football Camp was held with the proceeds targeting the purchase of hitting pads to be used by Colusa Youth Football and the high school football program.
Basketball, volleyball and baseball will also hold camps under the umbrella of Colusa Sports Camps in the future.
Theriault explained that the goal of the Sports Caps is to provide training that will allow the student athletes to be safe and to give them the opportunity for success in whatever sport they choose.
On August 24 the group will host a spaghetti feed kick -off dinner as a fundraiser for the Colusa High School football program. These generated funds will go towards replacing outdated shoulder pads, helmets and other necessary equipment.
For more information contact Theriault at 530-632-8116 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.