HANNAH WILLIAMS/Pop-Culture Editor–
Some athletes feel football players receive more opportunities than they do. Athletic director Damien Gonzalez says these perceptions are false.
“A lot of student athletes from other teams feel that because I’m the athletic director that our football program actually receives more benefits, which is not true. All athletes on campus are treated equally,” coach Gonzalez said.
Some point to how the football players receive extra benefits such as getting lunches every Friday or new uniforms. Everything that football has is because of fundraising. The money does not come from the athletic department, but from the football players spending time in the summer to fund-raise.
Furthermore,a chiropractor who volunteers on campus is not just for the football team. According to Gonzalez, he comes every Thursday to help out any student athlete for the entire year, not just during football season.
Another concern was during the lacrosse CIF finals last year. Some of the lights were dim, and lacrosse’s schedule was moved up because of opposing team complaints.
According to Gonzalez, the lights still aren’t fixed for football. They have to replace all of the bulbs in the summer when nobody’s around, because they have to shut down the cell towers, and were only able to replace some of the bulbs on the west side of the field.
The athletic department’s budget plan, is that football will bring in $50,000 during the year, basketball around $10,000, and wrestling around $2,000.
With the variety of different expenses, from athletic awards to CIF and State dues, the top expense is officials fees, which range anywhere from $30,000 to $40,000 a year.
So, looking at the income at about $78,000, where actual expenses last year were about $66,000, there is a projected budget.
If ASB/athletics gets extra money they use it for other things, such as purchasing hurdles for the track team, soccer goals for men’s and women’s soccer programs, wall pads for the gym, etc.
“So, I basically have the choice at the end of the year, where’s our needs and where are we going to put that money, and $0 has gone back to football” Gonzalez said.
“Last year with our extra money I decided to pay for boys and girls lacrosse and cheer’s transportation costs, since they’re not technically covered by the district, which was around $8,000 to $10,000,” coach Gonzalez added.
This year, the profits are slated to purchase gymnastic mats for Gymnastics.