Does not define us
The Editor, Last weekend, as a parent, I was fortunate enough to attend the OFSAA Soccer Championships.
I met many students from our area competing in soccer and track. I witnessed sportsmanship, camaraderie, strength, perseverance and dedication in competitors from all areas.
After three days on the pitch, I heard one profanity and it was not from the Glengarry team. I do not think I could say this after hanging out for three days with my peers! I heard “please and thank you” the entire weekend. I could not help but be proud of our youth and think about what wonderful people they are growing into. I would say our community will be in good hands as these competitors go on to be our future leaders. I was awed!
I could not wait to pick up to see the sports coverage. I was dismayed to see sports once again, relegated to the back page of the paper! Due to my family’s involvement, some might think I write this with bitterness? Oh my, not at all! does not define us!!
I write this with sadness and disappointment. I feel completely deflated! In times when society struggles with self-image and mental illness, I feel the choice to undermine sports coverage is just so very sad. It is a choice to deem our youths’ success less important. North and South Glengarry, as Townships, have instilled economic development plans, trying to draw families to the area and encourage our youth to stay in the area. Yet, a local business, one of the cornerstone businesses of our community, has chosen to shun this important demographic. You are an independent business, you make decisions based on data that is right for you, I just wonder what readers you will have left if you continue to reconfigure your coverage in this manner?
I do not want to conclude on criticism; I want to conclude on why I wrote this letter. I want readers to know that we are surrounded by wonderful sports players and coaches, all helping our community to flourish and succeed.
To Frank from Roxborough Bus Lines, thank you for being a gentleman, professional and our number one fan!
To all you coaches and teachers, who support our teens, thank you! Thank you for being role models. Thank you for helping our children grow as individuals and this was often off the sports venue, with encouragement, wisdom and kindness. Thank you for the compromising work life balance and thank you for sacrificing time with your families. On a bad day, and even on the good, I hope you all know you better lives; you make a difference! To all our local high school athletes, YOU ROCK! You definitely should be front cover news!
Thank you for being my role models. You exhibited class, courage, perseverance, kindness and fun! I know you will all go on, in your own way, to do wonderful things! All of Glengarry, be proud of your students, they represented you so very well!