rhys, improving our bottom line has really nothing to do with it. i think we are a rich, rich federation. whats our budget? isnt it something on the order of 2 million a year? we dont need more money. we just need to spend what we have on things that will make us better.
Another advantage of using such a grant system aimed at focusing our funding on coaches and clubs would also be the potential for applicants to apply for grants from other like minded organizations interested in community outreach, juvenile delinquency prevention, education, research, etc. The very grant process that coaches would go through to apply for a USAW grant could surely get them started on grant requests for other organizations. Perhaps, we could create grant request templates that then could be altered minimally and submitted to other funding organizations. Perhaps, the USAW grant committee, after approving a grant request and funding it at some level, could then assist these grant recipients in applying for further funding from such organizations.
point one... more money will never hurt. but it wont help if we keep doing the same old things with it. on the other hand, i think we have enough money to excell if we want it bad enough.
but what do we need millions for? if i can pay for travel to national meets, give the kids scholarships to college, and provide a good place to train with good equipment, what more do i need? i need kids who will eat lightning and crap thunder and bleed and die to improve and win. not more money.
The "fly in the ointment", however, is that without considerable fianancial support from USAW, I don't see how those athletes can commit to going to different extended camps over the next two years.
what is wrong with us? will a million help a guy like shankle? i dont think so.
maybe this feeling is caused by my own mental inadequacies (whatever they may be) but i think we are drowning in the intellectual and starving for the spiritual... to hell with the plans and the money, we need guts and courage. we need to approach this thing like a test of manhood, get the best together and see who has the stones for it.
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