2010-11-18 / Letters

Can-do Attitude Needed For High School Football To Become A Reality

To The Editor:

You know, the desire for high school football won’t go away. Lately, I hear, there has been another outcry by parents for high school football. I have read Facebook postings, been forwarded emails, seen signs up around town urging parents to call school board members, etc. The theme is “we like what football has done for our kids; we want more!”

Often, I get the blame, or credit (depending on what side you’re on) for most of this stuff. This time, it wasn’t me. But I do commend and applaud those who simply refuse to take “no” or “we can’t” for an answer because we can. I say to fellow parents like me, keep going. Or as we say in football “stay low and keep those feet moving.”

Since the meeting last spring, rumor has it that Central Fulton talked about football again recently. In tough economic times the money is an issue. With football money is always the issue. It’s very expensive to start, and for a couple years expensive to maintain. But in every other county in our state and practically every community in the USA, they seem to manage to get it done. They just do.

Some of the local boys played fall baseball in Smithsburg, Md. Smithsburg, a tiny 1A school where the visiting team has to come to games dressed as there is no visitor locker room. Smithsburg boasts four or five 1A state championships on their scoreboard; they simply get it done. Little Fairfield, Pa., has a football palace and they started their program from scratch not long ago.

It appears that the school position is “too expensive,” but they can’t even come up with how much money – a figure in dollars that would be needed to start a program. They say they need a lot, understandable. How much is a lot exactly? And if a lot is raised, can a program be started?

Whether it’s $50,000, $100,000, $200,000, $300,000, the point is it is impossible to solicit for money, apply for grants or move forward without commitment to a “goal,” a plan to get to the goal and support of that plan. That must come from the school(s). Be assured, there is a way – it can work.

But with no decision, no commitments to even make an effort or set a goal there has been no progress. Unfortunately, another year gone by with our gifted players moving away and changing schools and/or planning to do it – or dreaming about it. Nowhere to continue to play, no co-op opportunity, no nothing – can you blame them? We’re only young once. As parents are we wrong to want every opportunity for our kids? We know the value of the game and its priceless lessons and experiences.

Believe me, football parents, I feel your pain and share in the disappointment that “we” just can’t seem to put this together, like almost every other American community has and does every year.

Damon Schoen

Fort Littleton

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