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November 26, 1987 | By Diane Pucin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Five years ago, Bob McClure's son Bob was carried off the football field in a body brace on a stretcher. McClure still remembers the horrible fear that accompanied him as he rushed after the ambulance to the hospital. Everything turned out well: The injury was two fractured vertebrae. Bob recovered, played three more years of football at West Chester East and is now playing at the Coast Guard Academy. But through the recovery and rehabilitation process, an offhand comment by a doctor got the senior McClure thinking.
NEWS
September 29, 2010
A Delaware County woman is accused of stealing from the Chester County high school booster club she headed, police said Tuesday. An investigation revealed that Alicia Marie Derry, 40, of Glen Mills, president of the Bayard Rustin High School Boys Basketball Booster Club, used the club's debit card to pay $4,128.58 worth of her utility, food, hairstyling, and other personal expenses, according to a statement released by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department. Derry, who was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and bad checks, was arraigned before District Judge William Kraut and remanded to the Chester County Prison after failing to post $10,000 cash bail.
NEWS
August 4, 2000 | by Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Villanova University's decision to sever all ties with its longtime alumni sports-booster club has spawned a court fight that seems more suitable to alley cats than "Wildcats. " In June, the university, run by Roman Catholic Augustinian priests who have been calling their student-athletes "Wildcats" for nearly 75 years, sued the booster club in federal court in Philadelphia. The suit contends the club is infringing on the university's rights to certain "service marks, and confusing donors, by continuing to use the words Villanova and 'Wildcats'" when soliciting funds.
SPORTS
November 10, 1999 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
The Wildcat Club has donated millions of dollars toward Villanova athletics since it was formed in 1972. The university has told the club it won't accept any more of the club's money. It also has told the club it will have to vacate its rent-free office on campus. Clearly, any university doesn't want to discourage its alumni from giving money. So, how could this happen? Citing its need for "institutional control" over the club, an independent booster organization, university officials negotiated with club officials for three years after their affiliation agreement expired in September 1996.
NEWS
June 20, 1993 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Even though the girls' lacrosse team just ended its first undefeated season, it was not enough to save the program, which was axed along with other extracurricular activities from next year's school budget. The middle-school program was cut in April despite pleas to the Medford Lakes school board from lacrosse players at Shawnee High School and the head coach, Sue Rudderow, a resident of Medford Lakes. Now, however, members of a newly formed booster club hope they can help restore the sport - and any other that might end up on the chopping block next year.
NEWS
October 3, 1993 | By Louise Harbach, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Less than six months after the girls' lacrosse program at the Neeta School was axed, along with other extracurricular activities, School Superintendent Donald Gross has resurrected it and appointed a new coach for the team. The middle school program was cut in April despite pleas from team members, lacrosse players at Shawnee High School and Shawnee's head coach, Sue Rudderow, a resident of Medford Lakes. But residents formed a booster club to raise the necessary funds for lacrosse and any other activity the school board wanted, and in the spring, the board gave the club its blessing.
NEWS
November 27, 1995 | By S. Joseph Hagenmayer, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Services will be held Wednesday for William Bendig, 44, president of the St. Joseph High School Booster Club in Hammonton and the man who helped bring about the school's new football field. A resident of the Braddock section of Winslow Township, Mr. Bendig died of a heart attack Saturday morning after spending the night at the field in a trailer to help guard against vandalism before St. Joseph's game with Hammonton High. Mr. Bendig was also at the field Friday, helping to set up new bleachers.
NEWS
May 19, 2002 | By Jake Wagman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Seeking to bring light to a series of dark events, a South Jersey Catholic school has embarked on a campaign to raise money for stadium lights in honor of four former student athletes who died within 19 months of each other. The four men, one from Camden County and three from Gloucester County, all had played football for St. Joseph Regional High School in Hammonton. Their parents and members of the school's booster club are hoping to raise $84,000 to buy the lights, and they are calling their fund-raising campaign the "Spirit of Light.
NEWS
March 5, 2001 | By Janet Paskin INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia sports promoter has paid the Camden High School boys' basketball program over the last two years to play in tournaments in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Memphis, Tenn., that were arranged by his firm. Camden basketball coach Glen Jackson confirmed the payments but declined to reveal their amounts. He said they had gone to an unnamed booster club. Camden's booster club was cited last year by state auditors for a lack of financial controls and an inability to account for program money.
NEWS
February 2, 1989 | By Charlotte Kidd, Special to The Inquirer
A donkey basketball game provided a good time for a lot of students and parents at the Hatboro-Horsham High School Saturday night. But to about 30 animal-rights activists demonstrating outside, the school was promoting cruelty to animals. In the noisy gym, teams of excited teenagers tugged on the donkeys' bridles - pleading with the stubborn animals to cross the basketball court to the opposite hoop. The 35 seniors, rotating in five-member teams, were singlemindedly determined to score.
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March 27, 2014 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Clark, who built West Deptford boys' basketball into one of the Colonial Conference's most competitive programs, has resigned after five seasons as the Eagles coach. Clark said he wants to spend more time watching his children play sports at Clearview. Clark led West Deptford to a 22-6 record last season. The Eagles finished second to Haddonfield in the Colonial's Liberty Division and advanced to the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 tournament before losing to eventual champion Camden.
NEWS
November 9, 2010 | By WILLIAM BENDER, benderw@phillynews.com 215-854-5255
When the former vice president of the Penn-Delco School Board was slapped with an embezzlement rap in May 2009, he hired a forensic accountant to whip up a report that he hoped would convince detectives that he hadn't ripped off the high school's booster club. John Green might have even thought it had worked when Delaware County authorities dropped the theft charges in February. Turns out they just needed time to chase down all the new leads in his report. Yesterday, county District Attorney G. Michael Green (no relation to the defendant)
NEWS
September 29, 2010
A Delaware County woman is accused of stealing from the Chester County high school booster club she headed, police said Tuesday. An investigation revealed that Alicia Marie Derry, 40, of Glen Mills, president of the Bayard Rustin High School Boys Basketball Booster Club, used the club's debit card to pay $4,128.58 worth of her utility, food, hairstyling, and other personal expenses, according to a statement released by the Westtown-East Goshen Regional Police Department. Derry, who was charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, and bad checks, was arraigned before District Judge William Kraut and remanded to the Chester County Prison after failing to post $10,000 cash bail.
NEWS
November 23, 2004
Connie Langland's Nov. 15 article, "High schools tackling athletic equality for girls," reported on the impact of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in school and college athletics. The article focused particularly on Wissahickon High School in Montgomery County, the handsome financial support its football team gets from its booster club, and a Title IX complaint that has been filed against the district. Her story prompted these reader responses: Fighting for change The Title IX law is the best protection that female athletes have against gender inequity at Wissahickon High School.
NEWS
November 15, 2004 | By Connie Langland INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When Steve Kreider, former wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, took an interest in Wissahickon High School football, his love of the game came with a Midas touch. Spurred by Kreider's enthusiasm, the parents' booster club raised thousands of dollars - nearly $35,000 last year - for top-grade equipment, matching jackets for coaches, even $50 end-of-season gift certificates for team managers. But the benefits that football players enjoyed, along with other disparities that favored male over female athletes, caused Wissahickon High School's sports program to crash straight into Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools.
SPORTS
September 12, 2003 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
Forward Vin Baker of the Boston Celtics says that he is a recovering alcoholic who used to binge in hotel rooms and at home after playing poorly. In an interview in yesterday's Boston Globe, Baker said Celtics coach Jim O'Brien smelled alcohol on his breath in practice and confronted him about it. The team suspended him Feb. 27, and he did not play again last season. He said that he has not had a drink for six months. Baker said that he began binge drinking during the 1998-99 NBA lockout.
NEWS
May 19, 2002 | By Jake Wagman INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Seeking to bring light to a series of dark events, a South Jersey Catholic school has embarked on a campaign to raise money for stadium lights in honor of four former student athletes who died within 19 months of each other. The four men, one from Camden County and three from Gloucester County, all had played football for St. Joseph Regional High School in Hammonton. Their parents and members of the school's booster club are hoping to raise $84,000 to buy the lights, and they are calling their fund-raising campaign the "Spirit of Light.
NEWS
December 21, 2001 | By Sara Isadora Mancuso INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
At Paulsboro High School, star wrestlers have 40 pairs of new black-and-white adidas sneaks - a gift from Brute Wrestling of Berks County. At Washington Township High, players pump iron on $60,000 equipment - a gift from the football booster club. And at Simon Gratz High, the basketball team is storming the Philadelphia Public League in new gear and shoes - gifts from And 1, Nike and Converse. Back in the day, car washes and candy sales raised money for shoes and uniforms for high school teams.
NEWS
March 5, 2001 | By Janet Paskin INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A Philadelphia sports promoter has paid the Camden High School boys' basketball program over the last two years to play in tournaments in Philadelphia, New Jersey, and Memphis, Tenn., that were arranged by his firm. Camden basketball coach Glen Jackson confirmed the payments but declined to reveal their amounts. He said they had gone to an unnamed booster club. Camden's booster club was cited last year by state auditors for a lack of financial controls and an inability to account for program money.
NEWS
September 13, 2000 | By Gilbert M. Gaul and Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Half of Florida State's football players reside in a dormitory owned by the Seminole Boosters Inc. To get to practice, many of them walk across some of the 13 boosters-owned parking lots that encircle Doak Campbell Stadium. The tax-exempt group also runs the concession stands at the games. Most booster organizations don't own real estate, but then the Seminole Boosters are hardly ordinary. They are among the largest landholders in Florida's capital city, with more than three dozen properties worth about $14 million.
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