The N.C. High School Athletic Association board of directors will hear a sobering financial report Tuesday when it gathers in Chapel Hill for its spring meeting.
Gate revenues are down, investment revenue is down and the association has lost two of its major corporate sponsors.
"This is the worst financial report we've had," said Charlie Adams, the executive director of the NCHSAA.
The 2008 football playoffs drew 90,000 fewer spectators than in 2007.
Adams said the association's revenues are effected by unemployment and the general downturn in the economy.
"If you are unemployed right now, you might be struggling to find the money to feed your family," Adams said. "Attending a high school game isn't a priority."
The NCHSAA announced a grant program last fall that was going to promote citizenship, sportsmanship and character development. Proceeds from NCHSAA investments were expected to fund the grant program, but there is no investment income.
RETIREMENT CELEBRATION: The NCHSAA is changing the format of its annual meeting on Thursday at the Smith Center in Chapel Hill.
The meeting will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Then, beginning at 11:30, the NCHSAA will have a retirement celebration for Charlie Adams, who has been the executive director since 1984 and has been on the staff for 40 years.
No reservations or tickets are required to attend.
Among the speakers will be Robert F. Kanaby, executive director of the National Federation; Bill Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina system; and John Swofford, commissioner of the ACC.
REGIONAL GOLF: The NCHSAA regional boys golf tournaments are scheduled for today.
Golfers from the Piedmont Athletic, Cap Seven and Tri-Eight 4-A conferences will play at Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake.
The Greater Neuse River golfers are in a regional at Gates Four Country Club in Fayetteville.
The top three teams qualify for the state tournament, as do the top three individuals not on a qualifying team.
Area 3-A teams play at Maccripine Country Club, and 2-A teams are headed to The Links at Cotton Valley in Tarboro.
BOYS AND GIRLS LACROSSE: The state tournament begins this week for boys and girls high school lacrosse teams. The first round is scheduled to be completed by Tuesday. Next year, the NCHSAA will offer lacrosse as an official sport and conduct its own playoffs.
The N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association tournaments begin on May 12.
DUAL-TEAM TENNIS SET: The NCHSAA dual-team tennis tournament begins on Tuesday.
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