NYS High School Athletic Association launches foundation

NEW YORK (WWTI) – Although the pandemic has delayed the process, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has officially launched its own foundation to help support its member schools and their stakeholders.

The concept for the foundation began during a strategic planning session in 2016. The foundation was then approved by the NYSPHSAA Executive Committee, and staff conducted research, assembled a steering committee, and established a set of bylaws. to govern the new 501(c)(3) organization.

According to NYSPHSAA, the foundation will begin building a fund balance and then make grant opportunities available. Grants will be used to support strategic initiatives involving increased opportunities for student involvement, professional development for coaches, and recruitment and retention of officials.

NYSPHSAA Executive Director Dr. Robert Zayas said the establishment of the foundation is an exciting move for the association as a whole.

“The establishment of the NYSPHSAA Foundation is a significant day in the Association’s history,” Zayas said. “Creating a Foundation that will allow us to create new opportunities for our member schools is a tremendous resource for our student-athletes. We are excited to launch this new venture which is the first of its kind in NYSPHSAA’s 99 year history.

The day-to-day operations of the foundation will be managed by a NYSPHSAA staff member under the direction of a Board of Directors consisting of one representative from each of NYSPHSAA’s eleven chapters. NYSPHSAA Foundation President Gavin M. Regan said he looks forward to working with the select group of members.

“I am honored to work with such a large group of newly selected board members,” said Regan. “We are all excited to get to work and start fundraising to help our member schools and the student-athletes in our chapters.”

To kick off the fundraiser, the American Dairy Association North East pledged $5,000 to the foundation. For those wishing to make a tax-deductible donation or to learn more about the NYSPHSAA Foundation, please visit the foundation’s website.

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