An open letter to our BN Lacrosse Co-op Community
We have reached a critical point in our journey as a lacrosse program. Five out of the six members of the Friends of Bloomington-Normal Lacrosse (FOBNL) Board of Directors have either reached their term limits or are transitioning out of their leadership roles and we are in critical need of new volunteers to support the program.
As a reminder, in the fall of 2019 the Unit 5 and District87 boards of education voted to approve adding boys and girls varsity lacrosse to the high-school register…but did not have the funding available to support the addition of two co-curricular activities. This is where our B/N lacrosse community mobilized to raise funds in support of the lacrosse programs in our public schools. Over the past three years FOBNL has made enough donations to cover initial program startup costs and ongoing season expenses for both boys and girls teams for two full seasons, and are looking ahead to another season in the spring of 2023.
FOBNL’s role is to coordinate fundraising through donations and fundraising campaigns like a traditional booster club. The one key difference with our arrangement is there is no financial contribution made by the districts in support of the programs (other than sports participation fees which the district collects). Meaning, FOBNL is supporting the lacrosse programs from the ‘first dollar’ of expense. If there are no incoming funds to support the teams, there is no guarantee the districts will field a team as there is no budgetary funding in place. We are hopeful this will change in the future, but for now the future of BN Lacrosse remains in the hands of the community.
As a not-for-profit public charity, FOBNL’s bylaws state that we cannot remain an entity if we do not have a minimum of four board members (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer). If we do not identify at least three new board members to fill the named positions, we will have no choice but to begin the dissolution process at the end of June this year, leaving the future of lacrosse in our public schools uncertain.
The FOBNL board is hosting an informational session via Zoom on May 31st at 7pm for those interested in learning more or have questions about the future of the lacrosse programs in our public schools. Please email me your interest in attending at email@example.com and I will forward the meeting information.