A record three athletics grants to be awarded to Crooms AoIT teams

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association is pleased to announce that we will provide three (3) athletic grants to seven (7) sports teams and clubs at Crooms AoIT this year. The decision follows a review of the highest number of applications received for the 8th cycle of our Athletics Grant Program. Each team is a first-time applicant for the grant and include:

  • The boys and girls cross country teams: $250 for operational support
  • The boys and girls track/field teams: $250 for operational support
  • The girls cheerleading team: $300 for practice mats

The Crooms AoIT cross country and track/field teams represent the best of Crooms AoIT athletics has to offer. These programs are inclusive, diverse, and had a strong history of success during the Crooms AoIT's the early 2001-2008 seasons. Following the retirement of our beloved Coach Nat Perkins, the teams are undergoing a rebuilding under the leadership of Coach Corey Carter (cross country, Class of 2007) and Coach Eliane Wiedemer (track/field). We look forward to seeing great wins out of these programs in the coming years.

The girls cheerleading team represents the first time in eight grant cycles where the student members of a team applied for a grant. The students showed a strong knowledge of the benefits of their club and the financials required to support it. We are pleased to recognize these young ladies for their efforts and we wish them the best for the school year.

We would like to thank all of our applicants for their continued efforts and support. Because of you, past, current, and future Croomies have a more fulfilling and well-rounded experience during their high school years. Best of luck in the spring sports season this year, and Go Panthers!

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Athletic Grant Program Renewed for 2019-2020 School Year

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association is pleased to announce the renewal of the Athletic Grants Program for the 2019-2020 school year. The renewed grant comes after long time Crooms AoIT Alumni Association supporter and Class of 2011 graduate Gregory Raymond expressed interest in providing financial support for program this year.

Since 2012, the Alumni Association's Grants program has provided athletic clubs, sports teams, and school departments with financial support. Mr. Raymond was a member of the volleyball team during his time at Crooms AoIT and expressed his excitement to see the athletic program at Crooms AoIT continue to expand.

The Crooms AoIT Alumni Association’s grant program has been established to support the arts, athletics, activities and clubs at Crooms Academy of Information Technology in pursuit of a full and enriching academic experience for every student. The Alumni Association raises funds for the grant program through the use of private donations, which are separate from our membership dues. To keep the grant program viable, we ask that your team or program members and families become involved in the to the Alumni Association's events and activities now or in the future to ensure future students are able to receive similar support.

A total of $500 will be distributed during the Fall 2019 grant season. Multiple grants may be awarded, as such, applicants are encouraged to only apply for the amount they need. All funds distributed this season will be issued to a sporting team or athletic club, coach, or physical education program at Crooms Academy of Information Technology. A request amount may be less than or equal to $500 amount.

Submission Deadline: 11:59pm September 30, 2019

Procedures and Reporting Requirements

1. Submit the application: Applications may be submitted by e-mail at management@croomsalumni.com
2. Applications must be received by 11:59pm September 30, 2019
3. Applications will be reviewed by the Alumni Association’s Grants Committee. Distribution will occur in October/November 2019.
4. Input may be sought by the Grants Committee from the Athletic Director or school administrators.
5. You must submit a copy of the invoice supporting the monies spent within one year of receipt of the grant. Please return the invoice by e-mail to management@croomsalumni.com

FY19 Year End Financials

Dear Crooms AoIT Alumni Association members and supports,

We are pleased to present our FY19 consolidated income and balance sheet to provide full transparency into how your financial support is used. The Association's fiscal year runs from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019. The Association uses cash accounting but a line has been entered to recognize scholarship commitments made in FY19 that were not paid out during the fiscal year. A summary of our activities can be found below:

  • The Association started the year with a fund balance of $3,176.96
  • Revenues of $3,844.55 were collected through memberships, donations, and other means.
  • Expenses of $3,364.07 were recognized. $3,250.00 of these expenses for were scholarships and grants. Overhead (largely from PayPal transaction fees and annual business registration fees) accounted for less than 3.5% of all expenses for the year.
  • An additional $750.00 remains to be disbursed for scholarships awarded during FY19.
  • Fund balance ended at $2,907.44, representing an 8.5% decline from the beginning of the year.

If you would like more details, we invite you review the attached spreadsheet which includes transaction level detail for the year. Donor information has been removed to protect the privacy of our donors. Do not hesitate to contact us if you should have any questions or concerns.

Thank you for your continued support.

New Gym Coming to Crooms AoIT

(SANFORD, FL) Crooms Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) will host a construction groundbreaking for their gymnasium replacement project on Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. at Crooms AOIT located at 2200 Historic Goldsboro Blvd., Sanford, FL, 32771. The focus of this construction groundbreaking is to showcase the new prototype gymnasium that will replace the existing gymnasium located on 13th Street in Sanford which was originally built in 1963.

The official construction period is Summer 2019 with the intended completion of April 2020. The construction budget is $5,500,000 which will cover the demolition of the existing gym, upgrades to the existing Central Energy Plant that serves the campus’ HVAC system, and the construction of the new gymnasium. The new gymnasium will be approximately 25,000 square feet which will include a competition gymnasium, bleacher area, dressing rooms, and other support spaces.

WHAT: Crooms AOIT Construction Groundbreaking

WHEN: Thursday, August 8, 2019 / 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: Crooms Academy of Information Technology
North Side of the Existing Gymnasium
2200 Historic Goldsboro Blvd.
Sanford, FL, 32771

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