As we are all aware COVID-19 has affected each and every one of us in many ways. Not only has this pandemic affected each of us personally it also affects our local organizations. What I am here to talk about today is the Charlotte Athletic Boosters which is the financial backbone for all of the Charlotte Middle and High Schools athletic programs. During the 2018-2019 school year Charlotte Athletic Boosters generously funded $30,500 in equipment and uniforms and $8,000 in scholarships. During the 2019-2020 school year $26,000 in equipment and uniforms and an additional $13,000 in scholarships were funded by the organization. Keeping in mind these amounts would have been more had we had been able to have Spring sports. The postponement of football and the unknown future of our remaining Fall athletic programs has also created a void for our organization to raise funds to financially support all of the athletic programs. Charlotte Athletic Boosters raises most of their money through our sales at concession stands. Every bottle of water, bag of popcorn, and slice of pizza purchased helps our athletic programs. Without concessions where will we raise the funds needed? Our annual reverse raffle held each year in May was cancelled last year due to COVID, this dealt a financial blow to our funds. In addition to the loss of our concession sales and reverse raffle we have also faced many unexpected hurdles with the planning of our annual golf outing. Due to COVID unfortunately many businesses are not financially able to contribute as they have in the past. Thankfully, we have been able to connect with several new businesses who have committed to providing prizes and sponsorships in addition to the many businesses who have contributed for the past several years. Every board member and trustee of the Charlotte Athletic Boosters organization is a parent, grandparent, and friend of a past or present Charlotte athlete. Our athletes and administration have been affected tremendously by the decision to postpone or alter these athletic programs both last year and this year. We have all felt the disappointment and have shed a tear over these decisions. We have all looked into the eyes of our athletes as they deal with their own emotions. As a community we can and will get through this together. The next time we are together at an athletic event remember to visit the concession stand or contribute to Charlotte Athletic Boosters as we will continue to support Charlotte Oriole Athletics. For more information and to offer support, please email:

Submitted by Charlotte Athletic Boosters