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W. Irondequoit modified sports deadline
Irondequoit, N.Y. - In less than a week, school will start and the deadline to save some of the West Irondequoit's modified sports teams will be here.
"The contingency budget forced us from 29 teams down to eight," said Anthony Lipani, West Irondequoit Athletic Director.
Two failed attempts to pass the West Irondequoit school budget has put the district's clubs and after school activities, like modified sports, in a tough place.
"It breaks my heart that the budget cuts have cut my favorite sport," said 7th grader Emma Vuttino, who aspires to be on a modified girls' soccer team.
Parents and students filled the West Irondequoit High School auditorium Thursday night, anxious to hear what could be the future for the district's modified sports teams.
"His baseball career this year was actually cut short by injury," said Scott Costantino when asked about his son who is entering 8th grade. "He was really looking forward to coming back this year and to have that possibly gone was very difficult."
In July, the All Sports Booster Club was formed to help raise the $95,000 to bring back all 29 modified sports teams.
Since then a new plan has been put in place, a modified - modified sports team list. It consists of 17 teams with a price tag of $48,275.
"The lessons that kids learn on the sports fields are not lessons they're taught in the schools," said All Sports Booster Club President James Brennan.
To date $44,000 of the needed funds has been raised.
The $48,275 must be collected by Tuesday, September 2nd. It will then be donated to the district and it's up to the school board to vote on the modified sports program.