Culver alumni, parents, and students can give an added boost to the cheerleading team in their efforts to improve their performances.
The cheerleaders are using Impact Culver, the new crowdfunding site, to finance the purchase of a tumble track and specialty mats. Impact Culver allows donors to support specific projects or programs and benefit the Culver Fund at the same time.
Cheerleading coach Kayla Ray W’01, SS’08 said the team is in need of the tumble track and specialty mats In order to teach basic and advanced tumbling techniques safely. Using the tumble track and mats makes teaching a simple back handspring safer and more fun for the athletes involved. Tumble tracks also cuts the amount of time it takes to master certain skills, she added.
The goal is $6,000. The cheerleaders are hoping all alumni, parents, and friends – especially those involved with the cheerleading program – will support the project, Ray said. There is a video explaining the project on the Impact Culver site.
Impact Culver is designed to let donors – especially younger alumni – support projects like the tumble track. The crowdfunding platform kicked off earlier this year with five pilot projects, which were all fully funded. Fund Officer Katie Taylor ’11 is heading up Impact Culver. The initiative has proven popular on several college campuses around the country, but Culver is the first secondary school to launch such a program.
Projects run for a set number of days and the funds raised will be used to support the program, regardless of whether the goal is reached or not. One hundred percent of the funds raised through the platform are directed to the fundraising group. If the funds raised exceed the goal, the extra money will benefit a program or project similar to the original, Taylor explained.
All the donations are tax-deductible. Donors have the option to remain anonymous if they so choose. People donating online will receive a receipt immediately after donating. Both online and those mailing in checks will also receive thank you letters from the project sponsors, she said. Most projects will be credited as Culver Fund donations.