The Arlington High School athletic department could use a little help.
When Danny Wilson arrived as athletic director at the Eastside school this summer, it was obvious at that the program was lacking in uniforms in all sports. In some sports, they were outdated. In others, there just weren’t enough.
“Over time, the uniforms have worn out or disappeared,” Wilson said.
In 2012, Arlington was one of five chronically failing schools turned over by the state to private operators. In April, the State Board of Education approved a plan to transition the school back to the Indianapolis Public Schools district.
In the process, the athletic department was left with very little.
“I graduated in 1987 and some of it now looks like John Stockton and Karl Malone stuff,” said assistant basketball coach Cliff Williams, referring to the outdated uniforms. “We’re all kind of mismatched right now. I’m sure a lot of people probably though the school wouldn’t open again and some stuff probably got lost in the shuffle.”
Indiana Pacers spokesman Bill Benner announced on Wednesday that the Pacers will purchase boys basketball varsity and junior varsity uniforms for Arlington.
The Arlington football team, coached by former Shortridge coach Steve Moorman, is off to a 3-1 start. Wilson said there are enough uniforms to fully outfit the team on the road, but the Golden Knights are lacking in home jerseys. IPS allocated money for helmets for the football team and for volleyball uniforms, Wilson said.
“When we started athletics here there was no funding to start from so it’s been kind of tough,” Wilson said. “Once we get started, then I can start banking money from games. But right now, football is still a mismatch of uniforms. We didn’t inherit too much.”
Those willing to donate can either call Wilson at (317) 226-2345 at the school or e-mail email@example.com.
Call Star reporter Kyle Neddenriep at (317) 444-6649.