Morton sports funded unequally

Anthony Ambriz and Andres Moreno

Funding for Morton sports programs are entirely from the school’s own pockets. The individuals in the team go their own way to generate a portion of funds through fundraisers.   

J.Sterling Morton High School, a public school recognized for its massive minority attendance, (principally Latinos and a small fraction of African Americans and Caucasians). A school where government assistance is deeply needed to provide an education for the community’s youth. Although, there is no surplus in money that can help financially fund extracurricular activities (sports), which has been proven to be a major factor in helping kids interact in academics and athletics rather than being on the streets. This doesn’t stop Morton East from making that [sports] impossible. With help from local restaurants that Morton students support on a daily basis, donations and sacrificial funding from the school’s own money to make sports programs a reality and necessity at Morton has become achievable. In a random survey of 120 Morton East students, 87 students believed the most successful sports programs shouldn’t receive more funds than other less successful sports. 

“The school should manage a way to allocate its money proportionately to the sports necessities,” senior Isaac Carnalla said. 

Although many sports at Morton East receive less funding of what they need, they have managed to keep their respective programs intact due to the individual’s passion for it.  

“Funding should be equal (for all sports) because there are many students at Morton with different preference and liking a sport, so why shouldn’t they also have the ability to enjoy and compete for their school in the sport they like,” senior Andres Zamora said.  

This isn’t the case for many whom believed the most successful sport should receive more funding due to their success. 

“The most successful sport should receive more funding because it represents the school on a larger scale, and it gives recognition of the talent and capabilities that school has in the sport when they compete; it’s the schools name that is being heard and having a positive impact overall,” junior Edwin Zizumbo said. 

Success may be a major factor but there certainly is other facets (I take many facets into consideration when planning where to eat with my family) when issuing money funding for sports. 

“Money is received from the state, athletics get a certain amount of money and sports programs that costs more (for example) football need more funding. (The) practice, referees, and equipment (amounts to more money being needed).” principal Mr. Gamboa said.