When Faulkner County fans grab a water bottle to quench their thirst during a Wampus Cat, Panther, Eagle, Bulldog, Thunderbird or War Hawk sports event this year, they will be supporting their high school.
Conway Regional Health System donated 480 cases (11,520 bottles) of water to Conway High School in August. The donation was part of an overall effort by Conway Regional to provide water to the county’s public and private high schools. The water is sold to raise funds.
"Conway Regional has been a great partner for the Conway Athletic Department over the years," Conway Public Schools Athletic Director Steve Daniels said. "This water donation is very helpful for us."
Daniels explained that funds from water sales will help buy needed equipment for the athletic department.
"We are always excited to partner with the Conway School District," said Rev. Cornell Maltbia, President of the Conway Regional Health System Board of Directors.
Other high schools receiving the water include Greenbrier, Vilonia, Mayflower, Mount Vernon-Enola, Guy-Perkins, St. Joseph and Conway Christian. In all, 2,580 cases (61,920 bottles) of water were donated by Conway Regional for use during the 2017-2018 school year.
Over the past three years, Conway Regional has donated 7,396 cases (177,504 bottles) to provide the bottled water needs of every high school in Faulkner County.
Each of the Faulkner County high schools determines the price of the water sold in their concession areas during sporting events and applies the funds raised to internal departments for needed equipment, supplies and special projects.
"It’s good not only as a fundraiser for the Faulkner County high schools, but it also provides the fans with a healthy option for refreshment," added Andrea Woods, a member of the Conway Regional Board of Directors.