Organization donates $20K to local athletes

Aug 12, 2014 12:23 AM by Jason Atcho

Every year, the Chico Running Club donates money towards Pleasant Valley and Chico High Schools. But this time, they had a little extra money. "We invited the cross country coaches from both PV High and Chico High here to make a presentation to them of $10,000 each. That is money that we've raised primarily from out two largest races, the Bidwell Classic and the Almond Bowl," said Chico Running Club president Tim Danielsen.

Chico High School's cross country head coach says he was really excited to get the call. "I got a call last week saying 'we've got a check for you for $10,000' and I said 'yeah!'. It's phenomenal. It's great," said Kevin Girt, head coach for Chico High School's cross country team.

With budget cuts to their programs, the head coaches say it helps the students get necessary equipment to compete. "We can use it for athletes that maybe don't have a lot of income or money to get the shoes and the equipment that they need to be able to perform at their best," explained Gayle Olsen, head coach for Pleasant Valley High School's cross country team.

With the rising cost of gas, much of their budget is used for transportation. "Transportation is huge and this year we're looking to go to a couple of invitationals that are further out," said Olsen.

Both coaches say their programs wouldn't be the same without the generous donations. "It's so appreciated that I don't even know if they know how much we appreciate what they do for us," said Olsen. Girt added "it's great to live in a community like Chico where you can count on people in the general community stepping up and really helping out a program like ours."

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