Will you see any similarities in the Northern Guilford basketball fund-raising and the efforts by the current Northwest Guilford basketball coach Manny Bloom while he was raising money down in Florida at Boca Raton High School?
Coach Bloom and Coach K both wanted to be the best, they might have been reckless with record keeping, but these young coaches wanted to win and what both did was they felt to be for the kids.
The kids respected both Bloom and Coach K. Both are solid coaches who want to be the best and they wanted their teams to look professional. How are you gonna get rich selling Pappa John’s Pizza by slice outside the school cafeteria? We all know you aren’t going to get rich coaching high school basketball! You do it for the love of the game and you want to pass that competitive nature on to some kid who you think might have a chance to make it somewhere some day.
Both Coach K and Coach Bloom might really guilty of one thing and haven’t we all fallen into this arena? Wanting to get the job done and doing it quickly. We just can’t wait, we want instant results. Got to have it now, cause the sweet taste of success feels so good and it is soooooo sweet.
Both Coach K and Manny Bloom knew how to raise money and win and the fans of the other teams don’t like that one bit. I don’t even know Coach Bloom, but I like him because he is a hustler. You have to be to make in this business and in the cruel world of today. I remember as a kid selling all of those doughnuts so we could get those jackets and the calendars and the World’s Finest Chocolate Bars and all the other items we had to push. Sell to survive and get results……..
Coach Bloom is a hustler, but not a pool hustler, he’s a hard worker on a fast track seeking success. Coach K is the same. He works hard and wants to reach his goals. Was he reckless? Was Coach Bloom reckless? You make the call, but haven’t we all been guilty of recklessness at one time or another????? It all depends on where you are standing and what time of day it is.
Here’s what a few of Coach Bloom’s kids were saying about their coach down in Florida at Boca Raton High:
I was a player for Coach Bloom from 2004-2007 and worked at every single camp, so I would like to provide a different perspective regarding this subject.
As numerous people stated above Bloom built a program at Boca High. A true program is year round, builds team commaderie through constant interaction and strengthes life and basketball skills. Coach Bloom did this on a level that was highly regarded in the South Florida basketball community as well as nationally recognized by the prestigious 5 star basketball camp.
During the summer when the majority of the fund raising took place, Bloom was able to teach us players everyday. We had a strict schedule waking up at 6:30 am for workouts and then working all day TO PAY FOR THOSE SUPPOSED FREE SHOES AND UNIFORMS WE RECEIVED. Coach Bloom did not believe in bake sales and car washes (what do you learn from those?). Why not fill a void in the community (which we did with a spring basketball league and summer camps)and have everyone benefit.
Working those camps and being responsible for kids like Mr. Woody’s, taught me real responsibility and life skills that serve me very well here at the University of Florida.
Furthermore, these supposed trips were not fully financed by Bloom. As a former captain I know how much of the financial burden Bloom took care. I also saw how much my teammate and I still had to shell out to be as successful as we had hoped.
Coach Bloom always taught us that what really matters is what you do when none is looking. While no one was looking or paying any mind Coach Bloom bought jerseys for the boys soccer team and cheerleading uniforms for the chearleading team. He graduated EVERY PLAYER (and most attend 4 year universities, either on academic, basketball or football scholarships), that made it through his program. He has provided affordable summer camps and basketball leagues to hundreds of kids and brought in stars such as Chris Carter and Dwight Howard to speak to participants. Coach Bloom involved the business community into the program, exposing players to men and women who could help them succeed and eventually aspire to. Coach Bloom brought enthusiasm and excitement to Boca High that I argue has helped Boca High Students achieve an A school rating for the last 4 years. I could go on and on about how much Bloom has done. As someone stated above, you don’t have profits that large unless your providing a needed and well run commodity.
In addition I praise Dr. Mckee for thinking outside the box and recognizing the true benefit Bloom had at Boca High. If more principles were willing to do whatever it takes for their students to excel and have a good time as McKee has done wherever he has been, our education system would not be in the place it is.
I implore the Post to present their articles in a non bias way and present the real story, not the story that will arouse anger in people who do not know what really went on.
Thank you and Go Cats and Gators!
Put money aside…five Boca High basketball players received full paid scholarships to colleges and universities last year (worth more than 250,000). Numerous kids in the area were hanging out in a high school gym, having fun and taking advice from someone who lives for kids (if you don’t think he does, just meet him and his family) rather than out getting into trouble (as easy as that is in south florida). You can say he pocketed money, but he did the job nobody else would do. He looked out for kids and did everything he could to help them have a better paved road in life, that’s priceless.
The article states he provided his athletes with Nike sneakers, two or three sets of uniforms, occasional dinners out and trips to out-of-state tournaments. He ran his program the way a College or University would. He showed the athletes what life is like at the next level and pushed them to get there. He donated scholarships for poor students to attend basketball camp. And he wrote checks for other teams, including girls soccer, that weren’t as successful raising money. Let’s be serious for a minute, what was he doing with taxpayer money again? He offered to get a business’ “name out in the community” and sold banners for $300 that he hung in the gym as advertising. Anyone who has driven by Boca High or been in it can see the 42 pages of Yellowbook ads all over the school.
Bloom charged his clinics and camps at a reasonable price because he did not have to pay for facilities. When you run a camp or clinic through the city, you have to pay the city because they provide you with space and assume some liability for city parks/recreation. If Bloom did that, he might as well had a travel or club team and held the same policy that the Boynton baseball coach did, no pay no play. Instead, he offered anyone who wanted to come out a fair price if he wasnÃ½t already paying the fee for them. This man is a Saint in my eyes. He worked with students at Boca High as a Physical Education and Special Education teacher during regular school hours and spent his personal time working with kids after. I donÃ½t know about you, but spending money knowing your child is getting the advice and opportunity to do something a parent could not do for them is an investment, just ask his players that signed scholarships..I’m sure they hate him for making money out of it. For the people that think he is wrong, why don’t you go volunteer your time every week like he did and we will see how long you do it for free.
Here’s the entire article since the link would not go through from the www.palmbeachpost.com. I tried to link this about 20 times and it would never go through and we have given the credit to the Palm Beach Post. I received the anon E-mail and after a little research I came across the article yesterday. Complete article posted here:
Former Boca Raton High School basketball coach Manny Bloom was a generous guy. He provided his athletes with Nike sneakers, two or three sets of uniforms, occasional dinners out and trips to out-of-state tournaments.
He donated scholarships for poor students to attend basketball camp. And he wrote checks for other teams, including girls soccer, that weren’t as successful raising money.
Bloom, though, was an excellent fund-raiser. He ran clinics, camps and leagues for kids from pre-kindergarten through high school out of the Boca High gym during school breaks and on evenings and weekends. He charged about $175 a person. He offered to get a business’ “name out in the community” and sold banners for $300 that he hung in the gym as advertising.
All that would have been fine if Bloom had deposited every cent he collected in the school basketball account. Instead, he asked for checks made payable to Manny Bloom Inc., a for-profit company he ran.
School district auditors believe Bloom, who earned less than $45,000 a year as a teacher, including his coaching supplement, deposited more than $250,000 in basketball proceeds into two personal accounts over two years.
Bloom does not dispute he deposited money into his accounts, but he says that it was not all personal income and that some of it was used to pay bills associated with basketball programs.
School board policy dictates that a district employee must either pay to lease school facilities, like any member of the public, or put all of the money a program generates into the school’s internal account.
Bloom, now coaching in North Carolina, did neither, according to a school district audit and investigation. The probe was halted this summer when Bloom resigned as basketball coach.
Yet Bloom’s case has raised questions about whether an employee should be allowed to earn money using school facilities, built with taxpayer money, if students are the better for it.
His programs raised the stature of the school’s basketball team, exposed players to recruiters and helped students earn college scholarships, supporters have said.
“This program benefited the students of the school,” Superintendent Art Johnson said when auditors released their findings at a recent school board meeting. “In years past, nobody would have thought anything about that.”
Profit-making camps and other programs that are managed by coaches but run through non-school accounts are not unusual, said William Massey, Boca High’s athletic director and a former Spanish River High coach. They help coaches pay for uniforms, equipment, game officials and security, none of which is provided by the district.
But now Boca High Principal Geoff McKee, who allowed Bloom to use the school gym without paying to lease it, is being investigated.
In a statement, McKee said he permitted Bloom’s use of the gym “to be classified as a school fund-raiser, thereby waiving the lease fees.”
McKee said he set several conditions: that no staff members who worked the program make more than their hourly teaching rates, that all profits would be spent to benefit Boca High students and that no one else had a claim on the gym.
But district policy does not allow principals to waive fees for a for-profit company such as Bloom’s.
“If you’re tutoring and you’re not charging and your heart’s in the right place for the kids, you are therefore an extension of the school,” said Barry Present, director of real estate services for the school district, explaining why a nonprofit is eligible for a waiver.
“If you’re going to be a business, I don’t know that we need to subsidize and make you more successful,” he said. “If you’re going to use a school facility paid for by taxpayers’ dollars, we’re here to protect taxpayers’ dollars.”
McKee acknowledged to investigators that Bloom might be getting a “personal benefit” but said that “the ones who are benefiting most by Manny Bloom’s involvement in Bobcat Basketball are the students at Boca High and the community of Boca High.”
District auditors estimate that Bloom owed about $100,000 in lease fees that he never paid.
If he wasn’t going to lease the school, he had another option. All the money coming in and out should have run through the school’s internal account, said Cindy Adair, the district’s audit committee chairwoman.
Auditors found records showing Bloom gave less than $20,000 back to the program. Bloom acknowledges keeping poor records but says the amount he donated to the school is at least twice that.
Bloom said he was paid for his time but disputes that he used the camps and other programs he sponsored as a way to pad his own bank account.
“Some of the facts they state are true,” Bloom said of the investigation. “The way they’re trying to spin them is they’re trying to make it look like I walked away with a bundle of money for nothing and Dr. McKee ignored (it) and (none) of those spinoffs is true. I walked away with no money. I got paid to work.”
In North Carolina, he is running many of the same types of programs he held at Boca High, only this time through the school’s booster club. But the investigation has had a chilling effect in Palm Beach County on camps and other fund-raisers run by coaches’ programs, Massey said.
“The net outcome was people just stopped doing it because they don’t want to get themselves in trouble,” Massey said.
Bloom believes he was unfairly targeted.
“There are other people in Palm Beach County that were making as much or more money than me and were giving little or nothing back to their program,” he said. “I to this day believe … we did nothing wrong. There just happened to be a lot of money changing hands. We did things on a big scale.”