Norland High disappointed with football fundraiser

caines | 6/27/2013, 5:30 a.m.

Head Coach points out need for alumni support The Norland football program hosted a premiere fundraiser at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Miami earlier this month in an attempt to draw alumni and community support for necessary team expenses. While several Norland faculty and all coaching staff members attended the Las Vegas Casino Night themed fundraiser, the turnout was low with less than 30 in attendance. The fundraiser included an all you can eat buffet and open bar, several raffle prizes and a silent auction where attendees were able to win signed jerseys and helmets, designer purses and even a trip to the Playboy Mansion, all while playing popular casino games like: blackjack, poker and roulette. Norland Principal Reginald Lee, though disappointed in the attendance result, strongly urged the alumni to step up in the matter. Just imagine if our former athletes gave back to what we do, Lee said. Just say here you go Norland, I know you guys need it [and] Im a former student [and] you guys saved my life. When compared to programs like Central and Booker T. Washington, whose football teams have travelled out-of-state for nationally recognized games, Norland has not done so recently; however, this year the Vikings plan to travel to Atlanta, Georgia to play Stevenson High School and a large portion of the funds will be allocated toward that trip. Head Coach Daryle Heidelberg said it was this trip that engendered the need for a more large scale fundraiser in order to cover the transportation expenses. I just know personally there are only so many donuts and candy bars that we can sell and its getting kind of redundant, Heidelberg said. Im always trying to think outside the box and be a trendsetter. The Vikings athletic department has been very successful over the last few years with the football team making it to the playoffs for the last three seasons, including winning the 2011 Class 5A state championship. The boys basketball team have won back-to-back state championships in 2011-12 and 2012-13, while the girls basketball earned two state championships in the last five seasons. Academically Norland is an A school, and will be again this upcoming school year according to Lee. What more could you ask for, except its time for the alumni to come back and be a part of what we do, Lee said. With the full support of Lee, Heidelberg said he plans to continue to try different and more creative ways to raise funds, but still recognizes that the support of the alumni will make all of the difference. Lee who said that the school has fulfilled its end of the bargain hopes that alumni will begin to take pride in the schools success. There are a lot of great things happening at Norland, Lee said. Its about us reaching out to them and them wanting to give back. By Akilah Lasterakilahlaster@gmail.com