Rotary donates new scoreboard
June 12, 2008 · Updated 10:25 AM
"The upgrades continue for the South Kitsap High School athletic department.Two weeks after approving construction of a new track, SK will be replacing its outdoor stadium scoreboard with a new state-of-the-art scoreboard for the football, soccer and track programs.The scoreboard, with a price tag of $23,901, comes at no cost to the school district or taxpayers.The Port Orchard Rotary Club is picking up the tab through the Phil Grey Memorial Foundation.Wayne Senter, president of Port Orchard Rotary, said the foundation was formed after the Grey family gave a generous donation to Rotary last year.We set up the Grey Memorial Foundation to fund youth activities that wouldn't otherwise be possible to fund without donations, Senter said.The decision on what the money should go towards is decided on by the board of directors, which voted unanimously for the scoreboard, Senter said.Rotary's first use of the Grey Memorial Foundation came last year with $6,000 worth of crushed rock for the new South Kitsap Eastern Little League Complex.Senter said the board of directors all agreed SK needed to replace the 22-year-old scoreboard.It was time, Senter said. This (new scoreboard) will be more visible in daylight, and in some seats it's hard to see the lights.The current scoreboard is lit by individual light bulbs that are prone to burning out.The electrical panel showed its wear and tear in a Narrows League cross-over playoff football game two years ago when the scoreboard shorted out.SK football coach D.J. Sigurdson said he's very excited about the new scoreboard. We need one really bad, Sigurdson said. It's nice that a group of the community stepped up. We feel really supported.Sigurdson said the facelift to the track and scoreboard will not only cure the athletic department of some headaches, but will be aesthetically pleasing as well.It'll look cleaner and a little nicer, he said. Some of the features of the new scoreboard will include a timer that will go down to one-hundredths of a second, which will enable the track teams to accurately keep time.The current scoreboard only keeps track of minutes and seconds.Another new feature will be a ball on screen, which will show spectators what yard line the ball is on and how many yards to a first down.Senter said anyone who wants to contribute money to the youth of the community without having to form a new foundation can send money to the Port Orchard Rotary Club c/o Phil Grey Memorial Foundation, P.O. Box 616, Port Orchard, WA, 98366. "