Letter: High school sports aren’t possible without community help
The adage goes, “Time flies.” And it is hard to believe that the fall athletic seasons have ended and we are well on our way into the winter seasons here at Glenwood Springs High School.
Each year, I am amazed at the outpouring of support given to our kids from our community, and I would like to take a minute to thank those that contribute to our success in working to make our kids better people through sports.
I would like to begin by thanking our parents who work to get their kids to and from practice, listening to their complaints and reveling in their successes. Without you, the majority of what we do would be wasted.
A big thank you to the Lions Club for their support at our home football games, dealing with the thousands of people who come to support our teams. The money they collect at the gate helps fund our athletic programs, providing transportation and equipment. They have done this for decades and are a wonderful help to GSHS!
Thanks to those in our community who provide support off the field. Glenwood Medical Associates, Aspen Orthopaedic Associates, Dr. Bruce Lippman, Sr., and other providers for their work in supplying free physicals each year to our student athletes and for taking care of them when injured.
Another thank you goes to Glenwood Springs Ford. Their pregame hamburgers and hot dogs brought in over $1,400 for the athletic department. What a fantastic way to help our kids.
Thanks to those parents and community members who lend direct support to our programs. There are too many to mention, but please know that it is appreciated. Helping during games working the table or clock, taking stats, working the chains, officiating or painting our fields is a support beyond measure. It is what is wonderful about living in a small community.
A final thank you goes to our teachers and administration at GSHS and the Roaring Fork School District for providing an education to our kids. The lessons they learn through athletics and activities may be what they remember, but they will use what they learn in a classroom the rest of their lives.
Craig A. Denney
Glenwood Springs High School
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