Charter School Launches Athletics Program Funding Campaign

Sarasota Military Academy, a local, public charter school, recently launched the Sarasota Military Academy “Fly as One” Athletics Program Funding Campaign to support the student-athletes and coaches in SMA Eagles Athletics at the high school.

“As Sarasota Military Academy is a public charter school, the SMA Eagles Athletics programs do not receive any funding from Sarasota County; we are left to create our own,” said SMA Major Amy Mazner, Athletic Director. “Through our current method of funding, “Pay to Play,” a specific amount is collected from each athlete who chooses to participate in sport(s) at SMA. The new “Fly As One” campaign will allow us to create opportunities for local businesses or individuals to help sponsor our student-athletes and coaches. This support will decrease some of the undue stress that the lack of funding has caused.”

Through SMA’s “Fly As One” campaign, businesses, individuals and community leaders will be able to partner with Sarasota Military Academy Athletics to support a variety of athletic programs. Donors can view a list of sports and specific costs per sport and specify which programs they would like to sponsor.

“For many families, paying for participation in a single sport is a tremendous burden which means that while many cadets possess varied talents, student athletes are typically not able to afford to participate in more than one activity,” said SMA-COL Christina Bowman, Sarasota Military Academy Executive Director of Schools. “Through this program, our community partners will help eliminate many of the financial burdens and enable our cadets and coaches to reach their full potential, and we are incredibly grateful for their support.”

Sarasota Military Academy is the only public charter military school in the country. SMA is 100% JROTC, a college preparatory academy and an accredited IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme (MYP) School. To learn more about the “Fly as One” initiative, or to view a list of athletics programs and team information, visit

About Sarasota Military Academy
Founded in 2002, Sarasota Military Academy (SMA) is a public charter school, college preparatory academy and an accredited IB Diploma and Middle Years Programme (MYP) School with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. Combining extraordinary academics with the highest military principles of camaraderie, focus, leadership, integrity, compassion, poise, honor and respect, SMA’s mission is to graduate young men and women who will confidently define their personal and unique goals for success in a multi-cultural and globalized world. Sarasota Military Academy High School is located at 801 N. Orange Avenue and Sarasota Military Academy Prep Middle School, is located at 3101 Bethel Lane. To learn more about SMA, visit

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