Survey: More Pennsylvania school districts require payment for playing sports Nov 20, 2013

More school districts are requiring students to pay to participate in sports, according to a survey released today by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association and the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association. The survey found the percentage of Pennsylvania's 500 school districts reporting sports-participation fees grew from 13 percent in 2010 to 38 percent in 2013. The size of the fees has gone up as well. In 2010, the average activity fee was between $5 and $50, growing to $65 in 2012 and $80 in 2013. The response rate for the survey was 37 percent. Of those responding to the survey, 11 percent said they had reduced sports programs because of a lack of money. While some school districts choose fees to make up for funding problems, Todd Hosterman, senior research associate with (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Anonymous Donor Gifts Middle School $500K for Track Nov 11, 2013

Though it’s only November, a middle-school track team in central Pennsylvania is already looking forward to the spring season. Thanks to a $500,000 donation, runners at the Saint Patrick School in Carlisle, Pennsylvania will be training on their very own track.    (via Runner's World)

Wellington Zaza lives, breathes and dreams track. Patty Morgan Aug 07, 2013

Wellington Zaza recent - Garnet Valley graduate - is a goal oriented person on and off the track.  He selects his goals and follows the plan set forth to achieve them. Zaza had a goal going into the PIAA State Championships to break a  major record, but it didn't happen until weeks later at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro NC.   Photo by Don Rich from PIAA Champs

Penn Relays track meet’s a runway success for Caribbean competitors and companies seeking exposure May 20, 2013

Amazing efforts of athleticism, the thirst for higher education, the quest for economic success all come into play for participants at the annual Penn Relays, the University of Pennsylvania-sponsored track-and-field meet for college, Olympic-caliber and high school athletes, that’s become an anticipated destination for scholastic competitors from the Caribbean. (via NY Daily News)