FLINT TWP. — Local business have always generously supported school programs, but one Carman-Ainsworth varsity baseball coach is pioneering a new way for businesses to show their school spirit.
The Cavalier Athletic Signs initiative started in September and offers businesses up to eight different venues to display advertising signs.
Coach Steve Faculak came up with the idea along with Keith Kirby, a C-A graduate who also is president of Curbco Inc. The program was conceived to be a win-win benefit for schools, businesses and the community.
Signs will be displayed at all C-A athletic playing and practice fields where they are estimated to be seen by more than 5,000 spectators during about 200 or more games played each year. These sites include the high school gymnasium, varsity football, baseball, softball and soccer fields at the high school and mid- dle school.
For a cost of $2,000 a year, each participating business will also be acknowledged in high school programs, yearbooks and announcements and on the school web site. The level of participation can be tailored to a business’s’ needs.
Three bushiness have signed up so far and others are seeking approval from corporate higher-ups, Faculak said. There is room for about 12 signs in the gymnasium and 20 or more at athletic fields, he said.
The 3’x5′ signs are made of alumalite material that will not rust. They will be made at Kendall Printing, a local business located on Corunna Road.
Faculak is making the rounds to local business groups such as the Rotary and the West Flint Business Association to spread the word about the fundraising initiative.
For now, Faculak is the only C-A coach involved in the sign project but he intends to share information with other coaches who express interested in pursuing other business support.
All C-A athletic programs benefit, Faculak said. After meeting first-year start-up expenses, funds raised will be used to purchase equipment, maintain facilities and service programs for middle school, high school and youth teams. C-A has about 34 teams including football, baseball, track, softball, volleyball and soccer at the high school and middle school.
“I would like to thank them (businesses) for many of the things they do to help our schools remain a strong point of emphasis in the community,” Faculak said.
For more information, Faculak can be reached at 810-513-6436 or firstname.lastname@example.org.`