Williamson County Schools has a new warning to pass along to local businesses.

It has come to our attention that a company out of Fort Worth, Texas, known as Sports Media Marketing, is looking to collect sponsorships for Centennial High School promotional merchandise.

This is the typical scam: an organization offers to put a company’s logo on cheap promo products to “support” a school. The schools get no support from this scam, and these junk products won’t be distributed at our schools.

This company is also making the false claim that each sponsor will be announced during halftime of every varsity basketball game.

“This company is not affiliated with Williamson County Schools,” said WCS Interim Superintendent Jason Golden. “Out-of-town businesses typically do not sell products on behalf of our schools or school district. If you purchase these products for our schools, they will not be distributed. We do not accept unsolicited ‘gifts’ of spirit wear such as sponsored footballs, t-shirts, banners, posters, etc. These companies are violating Tennessee school fundraiser laws.”

While Centennial High has been specifically named, other schools have experienced similar scams over the years.

“Our school staffs and their booster club members appreciate the support we receive from our business community and we want to make sure the business’s donations are given to the school of their choice and actually used to benefit our students,” said Golden.

If you have questions about any solicitation you receive, please give your principal, the school district or local law enforcement a call. Each principal is aware of fundraisers that are being conducted on behalf of a particular school.