Furthering Athletic Excellence

Little Rock Central High has a tradition of on-field excellence unmatched in Arkansas, boasting numerous state titles in everything from football to golf to women’s soccer. But, putting accolades aside, athletics at LRCH can provide students a platform to improve their lives. The depth and diversity of athletic programs offered at Central does pose significant funding challenges and the Tiger Foundation works with the school to fill gaps in resources.

The Investments

The Tiger Foundation has received numerous donations designated for athletic programs. Notable examples of Tiger Foundation support include the following:

• A number of gifts have been given for apparel and uniforms for Tiger athletes, ensuring both a positive appearance and attitude as well as enhancing performance and safety. In 2013 the Foundation purchased concussion-proof helmets, shoulder pads, and jerseys for every member of the football team using a single donation made for that specific purpose. The Tiger Foundation also assisted with travel expenses for women’s volleyball, uniforms for women’s tennis, and new golf bags for the men’s and women’s teams.

• With an athletic legacy as storied as LRCH’s, our students, faculty, alumni and fans expect the school teams to perform at a high level. To that end, the Tiger Foundation helped fund improvements key to maintaining the winning Tiger tradition. Major enhancements recently implemented include a stadium end zone camera, and weights and other essential training equipment for the women’s basketball team.

• Other 2013 donations included jerseys for the volleyball team, a grant to the cheerleading team for choreography for a national cheer competition in 2014, apparel for the wrestling team, apparel and equipment for the swim team, fees and lodging expenses for the girl’s soccer team to play in the El Dorado Invitational Soccer Tournament, uniforms for the women’s tennis team, and a meet entry system and training equipment for the women’s swim team.

The Return

The Tiger Foundation is proud to share where we allocate our resources to support Little Rock Central High School. However, what we are most excited about is not where the money goes, but the impact it is having on the lives of Tiger students and faculty. See first-hand how your support is furthering athletic excellence at Little Rock Central High School.

“The golf bags donated to the Girls’ and Boys’ Golf Teams greatly enhanced the sense of camaraderie, unity, and morale within the teams. For the last several years, we have been the only teams to compete at the District and State levels that didn’t have a school name on the bags. The players, parents, team supporters, etc. are THRILLED with the bags and are extremely grateful for the donation. We can’t thank you enough!”

– Kim Burleson, Golf Coach