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App made to help athletics booster clubs' fundraising

Posted July 6, 2010 9:58 p.m. EDT
Updated July 7, 2010 5:46 a.m. EDT

— It takes more than practice to keep high school teams on the field. Booster clubs make the plays behind the scenes, raising money for equipment and facilities.

Bob Poliachik, a member of the Apex Cougar Club at Apex High School, said that in this tough economy, his job as a booster has gotten more difficult.

“We have seen some (donations) fall-off, so we have to find more ways to make more money," Poliachik said.

Robert Signore, a self-professed tech geek in Cary, thinks has the answer. He spent more than two months working on an iPhone application for high school teams.

The application can be used to find out everything about your favorite team – their game schedule, roster of players, past game statistics and how to get to away games.

“You can go in here and get directions to the facility,” Signore said.

The application is free for the schools and free for users to download. Volunteers provide the content for each school.

Athletic booster clubs make money by selling advertisements on the application.

Poliachik said he is excited about the possibility of a new way to make more money for the booster club.

In addition to the iPhone, the application also works on the iPod Touch and Android.

Signore said he makes money by taking 30 percent of the ad revenue brought in by the application.