Given the restrictions necessary to keep people safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, many different activities have seen a decrease in crowds. For Graves County Athletics, however, this decrease in attendance also means a drastic decrease in funding provided by admission sales. Local telecommunications company WK&T decided to address this need in the district.
On February 4th, leaders from WK&T, along with representatives from FNB Bank, CFSB, 1st Kentucky Bank, River Valley Ag Credit, and C-Plant presented GCHS Principal Alison Gregory with a check for Graves County Athletics for $28,750.
WK&T came up with the idea of helping our sports programs toward the beginning of the school year by selling advertising to local businesses and then donating the proceeds to the program. “We know the school districts are struggling to raise extra money,” said Trevor Bonnstetter, CEO of WK&T. “When the school year first began, we had no idea if anyone would be able to attend the games in person or not, and with WK&T providing video service, it allowed the people in the community a way to see the games. We brought it up to local businesses at the economic development meeting and the banks were excited to help.”
“Graves County Athletics is very appreciative of the generosity shown by our community to enable our athletes to continue to compete in this very difficult situation,” said Khristain Elliott, GCHS Athletic Director. He added, “with the restricted attendance and in some cases shortened seasons, our gate revenue is about 1/3 of what it is in a typical year. This contribution allows us to ensure that we can compete and not worry about canceling trips or limiting schedules.”
Bonnstetter also stated that WK&T understands the importance of community, especially during such a trying time, adding, “WK&T is proud to support and help with anything from education to athletics during the pandemic. We are proud that we made it possible for people to view the games when they could not get out of their homes. This has been a great cause for us to be a part of.”
On behalf of Graves County Schools, we’d like to thank Mr. Bonnstetter and WK&T, as well as sponsors 1st Kentucky Bank, CFSB, FNB Bank, C-Plant, and River Valley Ag Credit for their continued support of our schools and community.