The Greater Long Island Running Club (GLIRC) will once again be awarding one or more grants of $5,000 this year to selected public high school track & field programs. Any public high school in either Nassau County or Suffolk County is eligible to apply.
Selection of the winning high school or schools will be based on a combination of factors, including the need of the school, the purpose for which the grant would be used, the benefit to the program and the student athletes who are part of the program, and the benefit to the community of which the high school is a part.
In 2016, the club awarded a $5,000 grant to Brentwood High School to help reinstitute and revitalize the school’s cross country program which had not been offered since 2010 because of lack of funding.
In 2017, to help a community where most of the kids on the track and cross country teams have trouble affording a decent pair of running shoes, the club brought the entire Central Islip High School boys and girls teams into the Sayville Running Company store and outfitted each of them with a pair of shoes.
“High school runners represent the future of our sport,” said Running Club Executive Director Linda Ottaviano, “and we are thrilled to be able to help deserving high school programs, high school athletes, and the communities that they are a part of.”
Applications for the grant may be obtained by calling Mike or Linda at 516-349-7646 or email by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and must be returned to the running club on or before May 1, 2018.