Friday, August 12, 2011

We Wanna Play Helping Kentucky Student-Athletes

by Jeff Fisher
Host, NHSCA Sports Hour

In these difficult economic times, it great to hear about a group of people in Kentucky that are trying to help student-athletes that may not be able to participate in baseball and softball.

Thursday night on the NHSCA Sports Hour, I spoke with Roy Sturgill of WeWannaPlay, Inc. in Kentucky, a non-for-profit whose mission is to make sure that every student athlete that wishes to participate in middle or high school sports has that opportunity and is not held back by the escalating costs of participation fees.  The program is specifically designed for Frankfort, Franklin County and Western Hills high schools.

The organization was founded by Rob Hecker, who developed the idea  after years of being an involved parent and booster club member.  When Kentucky laws limiting the ability of booster clubs to raise funds through bingo, Hecker and his group of volunteers stepped-in to try to help.

WeWannaPlay sponsored its first group of student athletes in the spring of 2011.  It sponsored 32 athletes in softball and baseball using approximately $2,000 it had raised through a golf tournament.

To learn more or make a donation, go to

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