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Alameda’s Middle-School Volleyball Season Begins

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The Alameda Education Foundation has announced its the 2010 volleyball schedule, as part of the group’s 2010-2011 middle-school sports program.

Open to all 6th-8th graders, the teams are based at Lincoln Middle School, Wood Middle School and the new charter Academy of Alameda Middle School. Each school hosts two co-ed teams.

The first match is set for 4 p.m., Tuesday, September 28, when the Lincoln Lions host the Wood Beavers.

The season includes nine regular matches. Playoffs will take place on October 28, and the league championships will be on November 2 at Alameda High School.

AEF has sponsored the middle-school sports programs, after funding was eliminated by the Alameda Unified School District three years ago due to budget shortfalls. It began running the sports program in the winter of 2009.

According to the group, more than 350 students participate in the volleyball (fall), basketball (winter) and track & field (spring) activities.

Foundation members say the organization is actively seeking donations to sustain the program; for more details, write to AEFSports@alamedaeducation.org.

Thanks to AEF for this photo of a 2009 game between Lincoln and Wood middle schools.

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Alameda’s school sports funding woes in Sports Illustrated

Sometimes I get to thinking that it’s only California, with its huge public school population and its wacky system for taxing property (that’s Prop. 13) and its unequal funding formulas that’s kept schools struggling to operate. But this article in Sports Illustrated—which mentions Alameda’s plight several times—highlights how school sports programs across the country are facing cuts.

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KNBR Radio 680 dials in for Alameda sports

Bay Area sports talk show host Tom Tolbert has caught wind of Alameda’s budget woes and dedicated this afternoon’s drive-time show to raising funds for Alameda sports programs. They’re urging everyone to match a $30,000 donation from the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. KNBR producer Janet Magleby says Encinal High grad Dontrelle Willis has also pledged $20,000 to support athletics in Alameda schools. Magleby:

Technically, in 50 minutes we made $50,000 dollars. Hopefully everyone who hears us today will go to our Web site and donate. Even if all we raise is $50,000, that’s $50,000 more than they had.

Magleby says they hope to do more than just support Alameda athletic programs:

Sports are hurting not just in Alameda but all over the Bay Area—that’s why we got involved. We’re trying to show what a few people can do to help their community and that you can do the same in your community. People can send us an email and tell us what they’re trying to do and we’ll post it on our site and try to give it some priority on the show–we’re trying to give some attention outside your booster and your local newspaper.