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Are booster clubs tilting the playing field?

Post by Eric Williams on April 24, 2007 at 11:56 am with No Comments »
April 24, 2007 11:56 am

If you haven’t heard already the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association overwhelmingly ruled in favor of limiting booster clubs. Read more about the details of

Monday’s representative assembly meeting here .

The story was a follow on a more in-depth look at how affluent communities are using money to win state championship that I wrote for Sunday’s paper.

Now that the WIAA has essentially tossed the issue back to local school boards to decide if booster clubs should be allowed to augment coaches’ salaries, I want to know what you think.

Do you believe coaches paid money by booster clubs like Bellevue High football coach Butch Goncharoff’s $60,000 stipend tilt the playing field? Do affluent communities with greater access to club sports have an advantage? Should the WIAA take more of a proactive role in controlling booster clubs, or is this more of a local school board issue?

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