Springfield Elks grant funds SHS track, cross country teams

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Springfield Athletic Director Rich Saypeck, Coach Jim Fogg, and Springfield Elks Exalted Ruler James Morse. Photo provided

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Recently, Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 presented the Springfield High School track and cross country teams with an Elks Gratitude Grant. Track coach Jim Fogg approached the Elks to ask them to help his programs by partially funding new timing equipment for all their track and cross country meets.

It just so happens Elks National organization has many grants that can be handed out for community involvement. In the past few years, Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 has applied for these ongoing grants and have been very lucky in helping fund local community events and causes. In the past, the Gratitude Grant has given funds to the Springfield Family Center, girls’ softball and boys’ baseball teams, wrestling team, football team, and many more.

This year, the Springfield Elks Gratitude Grant for Jim Fogg’s teams is in the amount of $1,000. Without this timing equipment, Springfield would not be able to hold meets on their own hometown track. They would have to travel to other track meets to be able to acquire proper points to compete on a state level. They will be able to host local, MVL, and state meets with schools regionally coming to compete in Springfield. With a lot of kids competing, it benefits the school’s Booster Club with proceeds coming in from concessions.

Springfield Elks Lodge 1560 welcomes any and all local community organizations to approach them for grant funding. Elks nationwide have a motto, “Elks Care, Elks Share” because they are a community-involved organization. For more information, contact Mike Gunn at 802-885-4060.

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