About Us




A proud history defines Davenport Central High School (formerly Davenport High School) where generations of students have prepared for their adult lives. Outstanding faculty, a socially and culturally diverse student body, and dedicated alumni and parents work together to build on the school's tradition of excellence. It is in that spirit that the Blue Devil Athletic Foundation (501C3) was established in 2010 to help build on the rich traditions of DHS and CHS Blue Devil Athletic programs.

In our inaugural event held in September 2010, "Remembering the Legends", over 340 people attended an evening of recognition, fun, and charitable activities. Together with 10 sponsors and nearly 100 auction donors, over $45,000 was raised in cash and gifts in kind. Most of the money was used to create a state-of-the-art cardio room and to enhance the fitness and weight rooms which are used by students and most of our athletic teams.

Our second annual event, “Raising Future Legends” held October 7th, 2011 was once again a rousing success.  Attendance exceeded 350 people once again and raised over $46,000 with the help of 12 sponsors and over 100 auction donations.  Proceeds from the 2011 event were used to purchase 3 brand new scoreboards for the auxiliary gym, custom made weight racks and benches for Brady Street Stadium and Central weight rooms, 6 bleachers for the auxiliary gym spectators and much more.

The third annual event held November 9th, 2012 reached a milestone, for the first time in the Foundation’s history we grossed over $75,000 and raised over $50,000 after all expenses were paid!!  Attendance at the event continued to increase at over 370 people.  Contributions received at 2012’s event were used to purchase 4 additional bleacher stands for the auxiliary gym, retractable indoor double width baseball/softball/golf hitting net, additional strength training equipment, sponsored the 2013 Youth Sport Program Summer Camp, provided “Future Blue Devil” t-shirts to all middle school feeder schools to allow for free admission to CHS athletic events and finally upgrades to the boys’ basketball lockers room.  New pro-style wood lockers with cushions and name plates.  Brand-new audio-visual equipment was installed for game-videoing viewing.

The fourth annual Blue Devil Bash was held November 15th, 2013.  Once again the Blue Devils showed their might and raised over $50,000 to enhance the student-athlete experience.  The 2013 event was highlighted by the addition of “text bidding”.  Bidders on auction items were able to quickly and efficiently bid on items of interest and be alerted instantly if they had been outbid.  This year’s proceeds were vital in helping to renovate/create the girls’ volleyball and basketball locker room at George Marshall.  The locker room, like the boys’, is complete with pro-style open-front wood locker with logo cushions.  A state of the art audio-visual system was installed to further enhance the experience.

Our fifth annual Blue Devil “Fun”draiser once again provided a wonderful atmosphere full of Blue Devil cheer.  The event held on November 14th, 2014 raised nearly $50,000 once again!  The night was highlighted by a speech by former 2008 State Basketball Runner-up Hal Bateman.  His moving speech inspired everyone and reminded us of why this event is so dear to this incredible community.  The proceeds from the event were put to use in completely renovating the Central Wrestling room with brand new lockers, DC carpeting, benches, lighting, etc.  This improvement will allow for our talented wrestlers to compete at the highest level.  The funds were also used to support our youth sports summer camps providing camp gear such as DC branded balls and camp shirts.  We had a record number of campers the summer of 2015.

Recognizing the importance that involvement, team work, attitude, commitment, and personal sacrifice can help students, the Foundation's theme this year is again "Raising Future Legends". In addition to continuing to upgrade the fitness training facilities, we will also be focusing our efforts on creating more youth camps, as well as training and learning opportunities for our future Blue Devil athletes.

With continued cuts to school budgets and athletic programs, it is our hope that the Foundation can help bring together alumni, school supporters, parents and the community at large to foster and ignite their relationship and interest in supporting the kids, teams, and future programs. Getting kids involved early in extracurricular activities helps build a sense of commitment, community, and self-esteem.

The Blue Devil Athletic Foundation Board of Directors

Mark Bawden Kyle Gott Mark Kilmer Doug Wells
Cathy Cartee Sara Gott Craig Levien Cal Werner
Brian Ehlinger Greg Gowey Kay Runge Jay Bower
Caroline Ruhl John Moran