Mission Statement of the Billy Bye Fund.......................
Our goal is to support students who are in need of financial assistance and are unable to participate and gain the benefits that school activities provide.
We want to help offset the rising cost of participation for high school activities.
The benefits that high school activities provide can be seen both during and after high school. Studies have shown that students who participate in high school activities traditionally have higher grade-point averages, better attendance, lower dropout rates and fewer discipline problems. Activities also provide a number of qualities that will benefits students in school and outside of school. Those benefits are teamwork, sportsmanship, winning and losing, the rewards of hard work, self-discipline, build self-confidence, and develop skills to handle competitive situations.
The many qualities a student receives from participating in extra curricular activities will help a student become a responsible adult and a productive citizen.
Billy Bye was a true believer that every student deserves the opportunity to be an active member during their high school days. We want help make those opportunities available for needy students.
Billy was the son of former Anoka-Hennepin School District #11 Superintendent of Schools Morris Bye. Moving here in his junior year he received 10 athletic letters in 5 sports. He participated in football, basketball, track, golf and baseball. Billy was also in class play and a member of the choir. He went on to graduate from the University of Minnesota where he lettered four years in football and played on the golf team. Billy was voted the team MVP his senior year. He started his career as a high school football coach and finished his career as Chairman of the Board of National Benefits, a company he established. He wintered for many years in Rio Verde, AZ. and had a summer home in Bay Lake, MN. He was the Master Of Ceremonies for many of the Anoka Alumni Lettermen's Club Scholarship Programs including the last 25 years in a row.