By Breanne Thiel
The Powell Athletic Roundtable which was formed in 1949, raises funds throughout the school year to support the 23 athletic teams at both the high school and middle school as well to help the less fortunate students with equipment needs. The results of the fundraising efforts of the Powell Athletic Roundtable is one of the reasons why Powell High School is one of the few schools in Wyoming that does not charge an admission fee to sporting events.
The Powell Athletic Roundtable’s fundraising efforts throughout the school year include community and business memberships with monetary amounts starting at $25 and going up to $1000, the Sports Kick Off Night BBQ in the fall, the tailgate BBQs during the football season, the raffling of the autographed football, steaks and propane during the football games, the halftime shoot at basketball games and yard signs.
One of the ways in which the Roundtable uses the funds raised throughout the year is to purchase athletic equipment for all the sports teams at both the high school and middle school levels.
At the high school, students have the option to participate in 14 different sports.
In the fall, PHS students can compete in golf, tennis, cross country, volleyball, football, girls swimming and cheerleading.
The winter sports season consists of the sports of wrestling, basketball, boys swimming and cheerleading.
Also in the winter students can compete in indoor track and field in conjunction with the Lovell High School program.
In the spring the sports of soccer and outdoor track and field are offered for both boys and girls.
Powell Middle School has eight sports throughout the school year – football, volleyball, cross country, basketball, wrestling, swimming, outdoor track and field as well as tennis in the spring.
Last year, the 2017-2018 school year, the Powell Athletic Roundtable purchased new uniforms for the Powell Middle School basketball teams and the high school Lady Panther basketball team and Lady Panther soccer team.
Each year the Powell Athletic Roundtable also purchases equipment for less fortunate kids such as shoes.
Other purchases each year include:
- Athletic awards for end of year banquet
- Medals for the Powell Wrestling Tournament
- Awards for the Powell Track Invite
- Provide hospitality rooms for High & Middle school tournaments and regional tournaments
- Purchase Huddle program for all sports that use game film
The hospitality rooms for both middle school and high school tournaments and regional tournaments are also provided by the Powell Athletic Roundtable. This service includes providing food for coaches, bus drivers, referees and volunteers who are spending all day at a tournament and the hospitality rooms are manned by members of the Roundtable.
The Roundtable also offers a scholarship each year for seniors.
In its 69th year, the Powell Athletic Roundtable is continuing in its mission of ensuring that the athletes at both the high school and middle school have the proper equipment needed for their sports programs through the nine board members volunteering their time.
Tracy Walsh is the president and can be reached at 307-202-0879 with any questions.
The vice president is Victor Cordes, Curtis Rohrer is treasurer and Amanda Haney is the secretary. Also on the board is Lesli Spencer, Ashley Chenoweth, Carl Schultz, Kelly Rowton and Andy Metzler.
Board members are present at sporting events to answer any questions and to accept donations.