Kang Football is comprised of several separate but related programs that are intended to provide student athletes with year-round fitness, training and team building activities.
The Lake Washington School District divides the year into Winter Sports, Spring Sports, Summer Athletics and Fall Sports. Football is considered a Fall Sport with Summer Athletics.
To participate in any of these activities, student athletes must be registered with the district during the open enrollment period for each season.
Managing a football program with multiple teams and a 100+ players, coaches and staff across the whole year is complex. Some elements are managed by the Lake Washington School District and others are managed by the Kang team and the Gridiron Booster Club.
There are several steps involved in registering your student for the football program, getting them connected with the team communications system and making sure that parents/guardians are kept informed.
When you look at all the games and events throughout the year across all three teams, there are more than 100 jobs that require a volunteer. We need each student athlete's family to take on at least two of these jobs so that we can cover everything.
Here is a sample list of the volunteer activities where you need to help:
|All Games||Photographer||Walk the stadium and photograph the team and game in action||1-2|
|All Games||Videographer||Video each play and upload them later to Hudl for coaches & players to be able to review later||1|
|All Games||Team Fuel||Coordinate drinks, protein bars, bananas, etc.… for the team at each game (No previous experience needed)||1|
|All Games||Play Spotter||Give the statistician & announcer updates on referee calls & ball spotting information after each play||1-2|
|All Games||Game Statistics||Compile game statistics and send to Kingco by Saturday morning||1|
|Home Games||Chain Gang||Be on the field moving the markers and chains for each down. No previous experience needed||4|
|Home Games||Announcer||Be the voice of the Kangs on the public address system calling the games and making announcements||1|
|Home Games||Scoreboard Mgr||Keep the scoreboard up to date with the score, clock, downs, etc.…||1|
|Home Games||Program Dist||Program Handout: Handout Programs at the games||1|
|Varsity Games||Video Production||
Help in setting up and managing the End Zone, Press Box and Sideline video system at each game
|Varsity Practice||Videographer||Video each play and upload them later to Hudl for coaches & players to be able to review later||1|
|Weekly Dinner||Team Dinner||Team Dinner Coordinator||1-2|
|Weekly Dinner||Team Dinner||Team Dinner Volunteers||4-6|
|Event||Senior Night||Senior Night Celebration||2-3|
|Event||Equipment Returns||Year End Equipment Return||4-6|
|Event||Banquet||Year End Team Awards Night||2|
|Fundraising||Pre-Season||Pre-Season Fundraising Committee||4-6|
|Management||Gridiron Board||Provide leadership, management and coordination throughout the year||8|
The football program is completely dependent on parents and guardians in the three key areas of financing, volunteering and being a fan. Without this support the program cannot run.
We appreciate and acknowledge that every family's situation is different. For some families, time and financing are easy to give. For other families, time or money might be more of a challenge and we understand that too. That's why we are a Kang Family! We look for each family to help the best they can, where and when they can and we trust that we'll have more than enough time and money to do what is needed to give the players a great experience.
|Event||Costs||Due Date||Description||Managed By|
|Program costs per Player - funded through parent donations||$400||Ongoing||
|Total||$650||Typical minimum costs per student athlete each year|
Many companies will provide matching funds for financial donations employees make to qualified charities. In some cases companies will also make a financial contribution for each volunteer hour their employees spend on qualified charities. The Gridiron Club is recognized by the IRS as a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization.
Please consider if your donations can be matched by your employer and submit the requests whenever possible.
We appreciate that families have their own views and abilities when it comes to paying for their student athlete's program costs.
If a family is able and wants to write a check upfront for the season costs and not engage in community fundraising, that is fine. For others, the Gridiron Club coordinates several fundraising activities throughout the year to help families defer the program costs. These events may include:
When possible, the Gridiron Club tries to offer partial or full financial scholarships for student athletes for who need it. We don't want finances to be a blocker to students who want to play football.
We gratefully accept donations from individuals and businesses that wish to contribute to funding scholarships.
Program costs per Player - funded through parent donations
An essential part of any successful football program are the Fans. We encourage all parents, guardians, family and friends to come out to each game and cheer on the Kangs!
When the stands are full of excited, encouraging and supportive fans, the athletes feel and feed on the energy. It enhances their confidence and commitment and they dig a little deeper and give the game their all.
You can also wear your Kang Pride by visiting the online KangStore to buy your favorite Kang Gear.
If you have additional questions please contact: