Cherokee Nation donates $20,000 to Jay High School athletic teams

August 3, 2018

(L to R) Jay High School baseball players Cole Oswalt, Jett Gibe and Kolby Sixkiller; Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Harley Buzzard and Mike Shambaugh; Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Jay High School baseball player Steen Lane; baseball coach Mike Moore; track and field coach Shelia Sturgis; and Superintendent Larry Shackelford.(L to R) Jay High School baseball players Cole Oswalt, Jett Gibe and Kolby Sixkiller; Cherokee Nation Tribal Councilors Harley Buzzard and Mike Shambaugh; Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.; Jay High School baseball player Steen Lane; baseball coach Mike Moore; track and field coach Shelia Sturgis; and Superintendent Larry Shackelford.

JAY, OKLA. – Cherokee Nation officials presented a $20,000 donation on Thursday to the Jay High School baseball and track teams.

Each team will receive $10,000 to be used for repairs and expansion to their respective fields.

“Partnerships like these set a great example for our students and show that we as a tribe are putting our children first,” Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. “I commend our Tribal Councilors for finding opportunities in their communities to partner and put their dollars to the best use.”

Jay Public Schools Superintendent Larry Shackelford said the donation from the tribe is a major asset in helping upgrade athletic facilities.

“This money, plus some additional funds, will go a long way in restoring our track field back to functionality for our athletes,” Shackelford said. “The baseball team is also planning to use the money for some needed improvements to their facility.”

The tribe donated the money from its special projects fund. Projects funded through the special projects fund are selected by Tribal Council and Principal Chief Bill John Baker’s office and allow the tribe to partner with communities and organizations on projects that benefit both Cherokee Nation citizens and non-Cherokees alike.

"Our school is such an important part of everything that happens in Jay, and I am so grateful for the role that we are able to play as a tribe in helping our students," said District 9 Tribal Councilor Mike Shambaugh.

District 10 Tribal Councilor Harley Buzzard also contributed to the donation and expressed how important it is to partner on donations that benefit local schools.

"We always enjoy working on projects where we can team up to do the most good in our Cherokee communities," Buzzard said. "Through this donation, we are able to make a positive impact on both the baseball and track teams and set a good example for the students in our community."

This donation is part of the tribe’s contributions to local school districts in addition to the funds donated through car tag sales revenue each year.