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Endowment helps protect girls golf for Spartans

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The season is over for the Corvallis High girls golf team.

Coach David Zajicek spent hours with the Spartans, working to develop the players and program.

All his time comes free.

Well, sort of. Zajicek does get paid for the position, but for the fourth year he's been donating the money to the Corvallis Public Schools Foundation where it has become an endowment fund for the CHS girls golf program.

Zajicek said he started thinking about an endowment when he looked at the financial state of high school sports and realized that funding could disappear at any time.

"Silverton is not going to have a golf program next year. They're not going to have the funding,” Zajicek said.

“We want to make sure that if someone wants to play golf and is female, we want her to have that opportunity.”

An endowment seemed like a good idea to Zajicek, who started as an assistant under Marc Arey, who is now the CHS boys coach. Zajicek took over one year later when his daughter, Katie, was a sophomore.

She graduated last year but Zajicek, who is retired, decided to stay with the program.

Zajicek said there was about $13,500 in the endowment before the addition of his 2011 salary.

The principle amount is frozen but the program can request grants when the need arises for equipment or other funding.

“The way the endowment is set up is that it will always be there,” Zajicek said. “They put in a request and say, ‘Can we get some money for this?’”

Zajicek has been donating his salary but those interested can also contribute.

Right now the money is earmarked for CHS girls, but that could expand depending upon how much money accumulates through the years.

Zajicek said he wants to make sure the Spartans continue to field a program if current funding is cut or eliminated.

“My goal is that there will be enough money in there to fund CHS golf,” he said. “If we have a lot, then maybe we can help other sports.”

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