Cherokee Nation Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell, Kansas High School head baseball and softball coach Austin Graham, Principal Chief Bill John Baker and Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — The Cherokee Nation donated $14,000 to Kansas Public Schools in Delaware County to help with the construction of an indoor hitting facility for the school’s baseball and softball teams.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker, Deputy Chief S. Joe Crittenden, Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. and Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell presented Kansas High School head baseball and softball coach Austin Graham the check at the W.W. Keeler Tribal Complex in Tahlequah.
“Schools today don’t have the extra revenue to dedicate toward the needs of extracurricular activities,” Tribal Councilor Curtis Snell said. “It’s great that the tribe can step up and help schools like Kansas partially fill the funding gap so that students can have amenities like the baseball and softball teams’ indoor hitting facility.”
Graham said that without the tribe’s donation, the new hitting facility would not be possible.
“The tribe’s help is huge,” Graham said. “We wouldn’t even be able to think about getting new batting cages or a building built without their support.”
The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund.
“Education is in a financial crisis in Oklahoma, and schools frankly do not have the resources to properly support primary activities, let alone extracurricular activities like sports, band and more,” Hoskin said. “I’m so proud the Cherokee Nation puts their money where their mouth is and gives the schools across our 14-county jurisdiction the financial support they deserve. It may not solve the crisis, but it can keep some of the extracurricular activities in schools functional and properly equipped.”
Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Chief Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.
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