Fund Athletics for the Students of Philadelphia
  • Petitioned The Owners of Philadelphia's Professional Sports Teams

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The Owners of Philadelphia's Professional Sports Teams

Fund Athletics for the Students of Philadelphia

    1. Chris Lehmann
    2. Petition by

      Chris Lehmann

      Philadelphia, PA

The kids of Philadelphia are some of your biggest fans. They wear your shirts and hats. They go to your games. They cheer for you. They celebrate with you when you win, and they agonize with you when you lose.

And now, the kids need your help.

I’m sure that you’ve read about the dire conditions facing the School District of Philadelphia. The schools are facing down $300 million in cuts. Next year, the School District isn’t able to provide any funding for counselors for schools… there isn’t even funding for secretaries, and we all know that school secretaries are the ones who really run the schools.

And in that context, the School District has had to de-fund high school athletics.

You can help us there.

Last year, Philadelphia sports teams had over $800 million in revenues. The entire athletics budget of the School District of Philadelphia was $7.1 million this year. Less than one percent of your revenues would fully fund athletics for the students of Philadelphia.

No one needs to tell you how important sports are for kids and schools. You know the joy a community takes in a winning team. You know all the lessons young people learn when they work hard and sacrifice for a team. You know that for so many of our student-athletes, sports are the reason they finish high school. And you know that for so many of our student-athletes, the relationship they have with their coaches are among the most important mentoring relationships in their lives.

We need your help.

We cannot lose all that athletics mean to our schools.

Our kids are your fans, a couple of our kids will be your future stars, our kids are your city.

Fund our student-athletes. They need the chance to play.

To:
The Owners of Philadelphia's Professional Sports Teams
Fund High School Athletics for the School District of Philadelphia

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 3,000 signatures
    2. Petition Gains Support!

      Chris Lehmann
      Petition Organizer

      KYW and The Philly Post have both written about our petition!

      http://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2013/04/26/local-educator-wants-philly-pro-sports-teams-to-underwrite-school-athletics/

      http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2013/04/26/phillys-sports-teams-bail-school-district/

      We're now over 1,000 supporters, keep spreading the word! We can make this happen!

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures

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    • Carmela Biddle Heartsfield PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 7 months ago

      I believe extracurricular activities help keep children interested in school and also provide opportunities most impoverished children would never otherwise encounter.

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    • Eric Kropf HUNTINGDON VALLEY, PA
      • 7 months ago

      The lessons learned on athletic fields are invaluable to the student athlete and our community as a whole.

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    • Robert Patrick BARRINGTON, RI
      • 8 months ago

      My athletic experience at Central High in Philadelphia meant so much to me, as I am sure it will for many other students.

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    • Stephen DeVito PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • 10 months ago

      Because Philadelphia tax payers paid for the Philadelphia sports teams stadiums to be built, it's only fair that they pay the people of Philadelphia back!

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    • Chris Egusa LOS ANGELES, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Some of the best lessons I learned growing up about discipline and fighting through difficulty came from sports. And I wasn't even a very good athlete.

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