Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00
Why do so many people in this town take cheap shots at our high school athletes? (I am referring to the letter to the editor from last week entitled “Who Is Running Our Schools”) In that letter it states “We have children going on to Ivy League schools representing their exceptional sport abilities of which we spend millions of dollars a year to support.” What is she talking about? Our public school provides varsity and junior varsity teams just like every other school on Long Island. Our beautiful new fields were paid for by private donations. Most of the elite athletes who want to get a “leg up” pay out of their own pockets to be on travel teams and pay for private training. Some of the less privileged members of our community have been given scholastic opportunities that would have been out of their reach if not for athletics.
Popular athletic programs are good for our entire community. Many people from all walks of life come together to cheer for our sports teams. Anyone who has raised teenagers knows that keeping them active is the best way to keep them out of trouble.
Our successful sports programs should be a point of pride for our community.