Since the beginning of the school year, the Godwin Athletic Association (GAA) has been holding fundraisers in the form of spirit nights every Wednesday at various locations of businesses that sponsor the GAA.

War Eagle Wednesdays works with these businesses and the restaurants donate a portion of their proceeds (ranging from 10-15 percent) to the GAA.

This money in turn goes to helping the GAA with their annual contributions to the Godwin Athletic Program.

The restaurants scheduled for the War Eagle Wednesdays include: Potbelly, Glory Days, Rudino’s, Mellow Mushroom, Dicky’s Barbecue, Marco’s Pizza, and Deep Run Road House.

The GAA made the decision to hold these fundraisers at their first meeting of this school year.

“[The GAA] wanted to make spirit nights on a regular night so our [GAA] members and supporters could count on knowing when they can show their support. War Eagle Wednesdays is the name we decided on,” said Maya Wilder, who is coordinating Spirit Nights for the GAA.

In addition, the GAA wanted to create a set-date to bring the Godwin Community together.

“[The GAA] members get to meet and socialize, enjoy a great meal, and know that the GAA benefited from their participating,” said Wilder.

The GAA is in charge of funding the needs and supplies for the sports teams at Godwin.

According to Wilder, this includes the “team equipment, field equipment, bleachers, storage facilities, and scoreboards, among other things.”

Also, the GAA provides championship recognition banners and team awards for Regional and State championship teams, and it gives seven scholarship recognition awards to qualifying applicants each year.

It is through all the funds from concession sales, membership fees, advertisements in the sports programs, fundraising events (like the annual golf tournament and the Lincoln Test Drive) and spirit nights that the GAA is able to provide all of these things for the athletic program at Godwin.

“We hope that students, parents, and siblings come out to our sponsoring restaurants to see old friends and meet new ones, and enjoy time spent together outside school and the playing field,” said Wilder

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