West Middle School wins $15,000 athletic grant in online photo contest

Winning picture received top number of votes in Rack Room Shoes' "Save the Athletes Challenge"

Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
  • Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
    Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
    Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
    Students at West Middle School cheer on the day their school receives a $15,000 athletic grant from Rack Room Shoes. Congratulations!
  • Stacey entered Rack Room Shoes' "Save the Athletes Challenge" for a chance to win a $15,000 athletic grant for her school. Because her picture received the most number of votes, West Middle School received $15,000 to use in upgrading its gymnasium and athletic fields. 

As a winner, Stacey was presented a Wii game system and sports package from Rack Room Shoes Regional Manager Bryan Gurley.
    Stacey entered Rack Room Shoes' "Save the Athletes Challenge" for a chance to win a $15,000 athletic grant for her school. Because her picture received the most number of votes, West Middle School received $15,000 to use in upgrading its gymnasium and athletic fields. As a winner, Stacey was presented a Wii game system and sports package from Rack Room Shoes Regional Manager Bryan Gurley.
    Stacey entered Rack Room Shoes' "Save the Athletes Challenge" for a chance to win a $15,000 athletic grant for her school. Because her picture received the most number of votes, West Middle School received $15,000 to use in upgrading its gymnasium and athletic fields. 

As a winner, Stacey was presented a Wii game system and sports package from Rack Room Shoes Regional Manager Bryan Gurley.
    Stacey entered Rack Room Shoes' "Save the Athletes Challenge" for a chance to win a $15,000 athletic grant for her school. Because her picture received the most number of votes, West Middle School received $15,000 to use in upgrading its gymnasium and athletic fields. As a winner, Stacey was presented a Wii game system and sports package from Rack Room Shoes Regional Manager Bryan Gurley.
  • Stacey is the health and physical education teacher at West Middle School - and the center of attention among her students in this picture!

According to Stacey, more than a third of the students at West Middle School participate in at least one sport, with many participating in multiple sports.
    Stacey is the health and physical education teacher at West Middle School - and the center of attention among her students in this picture! According to Stacey, more than a third of the students at West Middle School participate in at least one sport, with many participating in multiple sports.
    Stacey is the health and physical education teacher at West Middle School - and the center of attention among her students in this picture!

According to Stacey, more than a third of the students at West Middle School participate in at least one sport, with many participating in multiple sports.
    Stacey is the health and physical education teacher at West Middle School - and the center of attention among her students in this picture! According to Stacey, more than a third of the students at West Middle School participate in at least one sport, with many participating in multiple sports.
  • With budgets being cut at schools around the nation, many athletic programs are suffering. Through the "Save the Athletes Challenge," Rack Room Shoes made a promise to support sports departments and the students that benefit from them.
    With budgets being cut at schools around the nation, many athletic programs are suffering. Through the "Save the Athletes Challenge," Rack Room Shoes made a promise to support sports departments and the students that benefit from them.
    With budgets being cut at schools around the nation, many athletic programs are suffering. Through the "Save the Athletes Challenge," Rack Room Shoes made a promise to support sports departments and the students that benefit from them.
    With budgets being cut at schools around the nation, many athletic programs are suffering. Through the "Save the Athletes Challenge," Rack Room Shoes made a promise to support sports departments and the students that benefit from them.

MOUNT GILEAD, N.C., May 2, 2012 – West Middle School placed at the top of the leader board during Rack Room Shoes’ “Save the Athletes Challenge” online photo contest, claiming one of four winning slots. Rallying behind local resident Stacey Crump’s photo, Mount Gilead community members helped secure first place with more than 5,500 votes.

Stacey entered Rack Room Shoes’ “Save the Athletes Challenge” for a chance to win a $15,000 athletic grant for her school. Because her picture received the most number of votes, West Middle School will receive $15,000 to use in upgrading its gymnasium and athletic fields. As a winner, Stacey will also take home a sports video game package.

With budgets being cut at schools around the nation, many athletic programs are suffering. Through the “Save the Athletes Challenge,” Rack Room Shoes made a promise to support sports departments and the students that benefit from them.

According to Stacey, more than a third of the students at West Middle School participate in at least one sport, with many participating in multiple sports. 

“It’s heartwarming to hear how important each school’s athletic program is to the community,” said Jan Mauldin, director of marketing for Rack Room Shoes.  “We are grateful to have the opportunity to support local schools and students in this way – and we are very happy to provide this gift to the Mount Gilead community.” 

The money will be given to West Middle School this spring and will be used at the school’s discretion, based on the needs of its athletic program.

About Rack Room Shoes’ Save the Athletes Challenge

Beginning in January, the regional shoe retailer asked people to submit a photo and short caption, sharing why their school’s athletic program needed support. Rack Room Shoes committed to giving away four $15,000 grants and four sports video game packages to the winning schools and entrants, respectively.

  • After the February 27 deadline, there was a voting period through March 19, where individuals were encouraged to vote on the photo they liked best. 
  • Four winners were selected from the pictures that received the most votes. 
  • The other winners (and schools) that were selected are:
    • Zach Swafford of Mt. Benton, Tenn. (Polk County High School)
    • Rob Tomalis of Kershaw, S.C. (Andrew Jackson High School)
    • Rebekah Kienenberger of Mesa, La. (The Mesa Preparatory Academy)

About Rack Room Shoes

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Rack Room Shoes is the family footwear retailer of choice.  Known as an innovator in the shoe industry for more than 80 years, Rack Room Shoes offers a wide selection of nationally recognized and private brands of great shoes for men, women and children in comfort, dress, casual and athletic categories.  For more information, visit Rack Room Shoes’ website at www.rackroomshoes.com, its Facebook page at www.facebook.com/myrackroomshoes or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/myrackroomshoes