Kittanning, Ford City athletes can buy uniforms at end of season
Athletes at Kittanning and Ford City high schools have a chance to keep jerseys they wore during the Wildcats and Sabers final seasons, after school board officials approved plans to allow athletes to buy their uniforms.
The plan allows athletes at the two schools to buy their uniforms for $10 to $20 at the end of their seasons, since both schools will be closing and merging to form Armstrong Junior-Senior High School.
“The uniforms are something that we can’t use at the new schools, so we thought it would be nice to give our athletes a chance to have them as a keepsake,” said Superintendent Stan Chapp. “We just want to make sure we give the first chance to our players.”
The district will offer any unsold uniforms to each sports’ booster group, then the public, he said.
He expects the uniforms will sell quickly.
Chapp said the sales will generate “a couple thousand dollars” for the district, which will be put into its general fund. The money hasn’t been earmarked for any specific project.
School board president Joe Close said the board made the decision after hearing feedback from coaches that a lot of students were interested in keeping their uniforms, since they will be the last teams to don the Wildcats and Sabers monikers.
The school district plans to hold onto helmets, pads and other gear, in hopes of reusing it at the new school, Close said.
“They’re going to be good mementos for the kids,” Close said. “It’ll be neat for these kids to have them down the road.”
Brad Pedersen is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-543-1303, ext. 1337, or [email protected].