The district has been tweeting about this for a couple of weeks and they announced that it's here.
The SPS High School Athletic Hall of Fame celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding SPS high school student athletes, teams, coaches, administrators and athletic supporters. Our first class of inductees includes at least one from each of the 10 current high schools plus three schools currently not in existence.The Hall of Fame is to be run thru SPS but it's unclear to me if the district is in total control of any funds raised.
Inaugural Induction Ceremony, Thursday, February 16, 2017
Hosted & Presented by the WAC and 101 Club with our Community Partner, the City of Seattle
Tickets are $100 per person for a reception and dinner.
There is now also a "Seattle 500"
An inspired group of dedicated Seattle Public School alumni, parents, local sports organizations, community members and Seattle area business owners who believe in the importance of giving ALL SPS students, boys and girls, the opportunity to participate in quality high school athletic programs and who commit to ensuring that no student athlete will ever have to Pay to Play. Each member of the Seattle 500 will give a minimum of $500/year for at least two years.I'm assuming that "500"in Seattle 500 is the amount, not the number of people in the group.
The primary goal of the Seattle 500 is to ensure that no student athlete will ever have to Pay to Play. Dollars raised above the need for student scholarships will be used to support a variety of programs and needs at ALL 10 Seattle high schools. This support could include such things such as uniforms, equipment, coach stipends, after-school tutoring and athlete/coach transportation as needed for teams participating in playoff and championship game.I'm sure that this support will be split equally for boys and girls sports. Completely equally, meaning that boys football and basketball teams don't get more than any other team.
I applaud anyone who wants to support public education. But I have been firm in my belief that the main reason for public schools is academics. I would rather see academics supported than sports. I believe that arts serve far more students and likely give more support to academics than sports. (I'll do some research but I know research on kids who play an instrument also do better in math.)
But I wasn't asked my opinion so this is a fine thing that is happening. I'm just not sure how much you can base an athletic budget, in the long term, on good will.