Q: Why does TJ need turf fields?
A: Unlike fragile grass fields, turf allows for play in most weather conditions. Installing turf at TJ will ensure that our football, soccer, lacrosse, and field hockey teams, as well as our award-winning marching band, get more valuable practice time. It will also keep more games at home. Turf also helps meet the shortage of reliable community field space, which is one reason that the County supports installing two turf fields (when space permits) at the few remaining high schools without them.
Q: When will our turf fields be installed?
A: We hope that the stadium turf field will be installed during the summer of 2016. If the County is not able to work that installation into their schedule, then we will get both fields the following summer at the completion of the renovation.
Q: What contribution is expected from the TJ community?
A: The task force report recommended that the TJ community contribute 25% of the cost of two new turf fields. The average cost of installing one field is $800,000, so we must raise approximately $400,000.
Q: What about bathrooms?
A: TJ’s playing fields are located a good distance from the school building but are equipped with only portable toilets. This embarrassing inconvenience easily could be remedied by the construction of an athletic pavilion with indoor bathrooms and an improved snack bar. The cost of such a pavilion is estimated to be $250,000 to $350,000, depending on exact site and building specifications, and must be funded entirely through private contributions.
What can I do to make these important improvements a reality?
A: Donate. Because a percentage of all Campaign for TJ gifts automatically supports athletic needs, the Campaign has already raised over $250,000 toward athletics. If donating at the $1,000 level or above, you may direct your donation to athletic needs. Donations and pledges may be made online or by check.
Help the Athletic Boosters turf TJ. Contact Mindy Conway, CAB “Turf TJ” Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org or Heather Erskine, CAB/Partnership Fund Liaison at email@example.com
Q: Can my company place its name on the athletic pavilion or at one of the turf fields?
A: Yes. You can get your company’s name in front of the next generation of leaders through a gift to the Campaign for TJ. (For a non-tax-deductible fee, companies or small business owners may hang an advertising banner on the fence around the stadium field.)To discuss these and other opportunities, or anything related to the Campaign, please contact Partnership Fund Development Manager Samantha Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come out and support TJ athletics by participating in our second annual Campaign for TJ Golf Tournament, held this year on April 6, 2015 at Reston’s Hidden Creek Country Club. Colonial Athletic Boosters and the Partnership Fund co-host the tournament, bringing parents, corporate partners, and alumni together for a fabulous day of friendly competition.
In addition to the excellent 18-hole course, carts are provided, along with breakfast, snacks and sodas on the course, followed by a buffet dinner. Members of TJ’s champion Varsity Golf Team (right) will be available for putting and Par-3 contests. Raffles, prizes, and a silent auction round out the fun.