By Tucker Bagley
All across America, school boards are slashing budgets. Most places, sports teams are struggling to stay afloat without the support of their districts.
I hit the streets and asked a bunch of former athletes why they thought high school sports are an integral part to the fabric of a community and the development of young adults.
“Not only are sports important for the students, but I think it is really great when the community can rally around a team and the team can become a part of the fabric of their town.” – Brendan Reichart, 20
“It is all about developing into a complete person in high school. I was lucky enough to play a sport and it had a huge impact on me.” – Harshit Kumar, 18
“High school sports are the purest form of athletics today, considering all the money that has infiltrated college sports.” – Steve Bohnel, 20
“High school sports are especially important in the inner city where they provide a way to escape the crime and drugs.” – Danny Duignam, 20
“High school sports are really important because I think it is crucial for kids to learn the value of leadership and team work.” – Nick Bolka, 20
“Sports are very important. I played soccer in high school and it is a great experience learning how to work in a team.” – Jason Bugis, 22
“I played soccer my freshman year in high school and I love the idea of kids learning how to be a part of something bigger than themselves.” – Craig Diviny, 19
By: Greg Overstrom
Going to a high school football game can be exciting, but students and alumni will tell you just how important it really is.
“High school sports, especially football, mean the world to me. There’s no doubt about that”
“Now that I’m a senior and the cheer captain, everything means so much more. I’m just trying to soak in my last year here.”
“Just being apart of the student section is always fun. We love high school sports because we love supporting our friends.”
“Being at these games are awesome. Earlier today the whole student section was at the soccer game, and now they’re here so it’s fun to be apart of.”
“The whole community comes out and supports all the sports, it’s an awesome thing to see.”
“I was never a huge fan of high school sports when I was at school, but I still love to see everyone do well.”
“Seeing my brother play for the high school that I graduated from is so cool. Football means the world to him, and out family.”
By: Stephanie Hirsch
The Roman Catholic High School boys soccer team and coaching staff described what it means to play for their team in the prestigious All Catholic League in Philadelphia
“The program is up-and-coming. It’s kind of been down the past couple of years, but the past few teams we’ve had have brought the program back up.”
“It’s really cool to be apart of it because Jerry Brindisi was my North Catholic [High School] Coach and since they shut down, he has really worked hard to help out Ray [Destephanis]. [Jerry] was fortunate enough to be allowed by Ray to join the staff. It’s really great to work with high school kids again, it’s really nice. To be back where I am from in Philadelphia and coach kids who are around the same age as my brother, it’s nice. They always ask for advice and I joke around with them to keep it positive and boost their confidence.”
“I love playing with all of my friends. You know I grew up with kids on the team, so it’s fun. I just can’t wait for the season.”
“To play for Roman Catholic is a dream because I thought I was going to make JV at first. But then I thought that I kind of played harder just to play varsity, and I ended up playing varsity. It’s pretty nice playing, at least getting in the games as a freshman and I at least started one of the four games. So it’s pretty nice.”
“To play for Roman is to play for my team. To make sure we are doing the best we can and win a PCL this year.”
“To me it means a lot because my dad played here. It’s a great program. They haven’t won a championship in forever, but we are hoping to bring one back.”
“My dad went to North [Catholic High School] and I was going to go to North, but playing for Roman is the next best thing since North closed. I’ve always wanted to play for North since I was a little kid, but I have been playing with all of my friend since I was little that go here. So I am playing with a lot of neighborhood kids which is nice.”
“To play for Roman in my opinion is one of the toughest programs, in a good way. It’s unlike any other program. We work harder, we have a longer day of school than everyone else with traveling. It’s different as well as beneficial.”
“Roman Catholic soccer to me as a coach for nine years it’s about family and tradition of the history of the school. It has a rich history in the soccer aspect also. Having one of only three Catholic High School Championships in soccer in the Southern Division. Ours being in 1997, we definitely want to become the first Southern Division school to get that second one and build off of that.”
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