November 9, 2010 |
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)
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.
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.
November 15, 2004 |
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.
September 12, 2003 |
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.
May 19, 2002 |
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.
December 21, 2001 |
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.
March 5, 2001 |
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.
September 13, 2000 |
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.
September 11, 2000 |
The boosters huddled around the cash bar on the 10th-floor atrium of Casino Magic, a neon-capped gambling hall on the Gulf of Mexico, have come armed with cash. Ostensibly, the members of the Ole Miss Loyalty Foundation have gathered to rub elbows with David Cutcliffe, the University of Mississippi football coach, nibble on chicken fingers and shrimp, and swap stories. But more than that, they are gambling that Cutcliffe can take them to the promised land of college football, winning championships and filling 50,000-seat Vaught-Hemingway Stadium back in Oxford.