High School Without Sports?! What is UMDAF
by Kevin Hennessy, UMDAF President
Oct 03, 2013 | 600 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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The United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation (UMDAF) is a Non Profit Public Benefit Corporation. This corporation is organized and operated exclusively for charitable purposes and raises money to support athletics in the five comprehensive high schools in the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and Clayton Valley Charter High School, within the meaning of Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3).

The foundation was formed after the March 3, 2009, MDUSD school board meeting, when funds for athletics and sports at all six high schools were cut from the school district budget. The entire community initially responded in complete disbelief and outrage. The concept of high school without sports was not conceivable to anyone, and in their despair, coaches, athletes, parents, friends and relatives rallied and took a stand. The future of athletics looked dismal at best, if not completely doomed.

Several district employees, school board members, and athletic directors began to explore the idea of establishing a group made up of all six high schools to find the money to continue playing sports in the MDUSD. After numerous meetings and well thought out plans, the United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation was formed. The foundation is lead by an executive board made up of two representatives from each high school. All board members have equal voting rights as stated in the adopted by-laws. The by-laws also state that all funds collected by the foundation will be shared equally by all six high schools. This is a strong point of reference we continue to support throughout all community contacts.

Fast forward four and a half years and high school sports are still going strong, thanks to countless volunteers, parent support and business community donations. While we consider the last four years of high school sports a major success, it is the same success that hinders our relevancy (out of sight, out of mind). As we continue to work with the school district and the sport booster programs at the six high schools, we constantly need new volunteers with fresh ideas to keep UMDAF going. In an effort to not conflict with all the other high school organizations, we only have one fundraiser each year. Our 5th Annual 5K will be held October 13, 2013, at Newhall Park in Concord. All students (current, alumni, and future), parents, community and business leaders, friends and family are welcome to participate in this fun and very important community event. For more information, you can go to our website at http://www.unitedmtdiabloathletics.org.

In closing, I would like to add that our mission statement is: “The United Mt. Diablo Athletic Foundation exists to generate support for the high school athletic programs in Mt. Diablo Unified School District. The Foundation will provide the necessary infrastructure, including funding, for high school sports. The Foundation will work with the community to provide all students an opportunity to enjoy the high school athletic experience.” Our motto of “Leave no one out and leave no one left behind” also points to the fact that we are united with one another. Please let me or someone else on our board know if you are interested in getting involved. We need your help!

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