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July 3, 2014

Readers’ Forum: July 4, 2014

Great support for great game

On behalf of the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association, all the players, families and fans associated with our 10th Anniversary All-Star game, we want to extend a huge thank you to so many members of the community that played a vital role in last Saturday’s All-Star Football game.

Bringing together 33 high schools from throughout the Wabash Valley to showcase the talents of graduating seniors on the football field is an exciting and fulfilling task. Over 90 young men representing their schools came together to give the fans a great game and play some great football. The coaches came from throughout the Valley as well and all donated their time to bring these kids together one last time on the football field.

To head coaches Brian Oliver from Linton-Stockton and Chris Barrett from Terre Haute North and all their volunteer staff, thank you. Over 2,000 fans traveled to Terre Haute to see the action at ISU Memorial Stadium last Saturday. One of the great aspects of this game is that the demographics of the people involved with the game, players, fans, coaches and families, represent so well the broad community that the Wabash Valley serves.

None of this would be possible however if it weren’t for the tremendous community support we get. First to First Financial Bank, Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pacesetter Sports, our corporate sponsors, who not only have been our corporate sponsor each year, but also provide valuable resources in helping us promote and develop the game. To the Union Center for Sports Medicine who donate the services of trainers and doctors throughout the week and at the game. To all the local media outlets throughout the Valley for all the help in promoting and covering the game.

A special thanks this year to Indiana State University who worked so hard with us in providing a great facility at ISU. Ron Prettyman and the staff at ISU all worked diligently to make sure the game was played at a great facility.

One aspect of the game we are especially proud of is that we gave $4,500 in scholarships to student-athletes participating in this year’s game. A special thanks to Pete Varda Jr., Tom Moore of Sir Thomas Automotive and to Scorpion Window Film, Josh Buis COO, who have made, and continue to make, significant donations each year to help reward a student athlete with scholarship help for college.

It is extremely gratifying to see so many diverse organizations get together behind a single event. I am sure we have left someone out that truly deserves our thanks and if we have, we apologize. We promise to continue to work hard to make sure we reward next year’s seniors with a great game and experience. If there is anyone who would like to help or inquire with what they could do, please feel free to contact us.

Next year will mark the 11th anniversary of this great event. Mark your calendars now for June 26 at ISU Memorial Stadium.

On behalf of the WVFCA we want to extend a huge thanks to all these organizations that helped and to countless others who have so generously donated their time and talents. We look forward to next year’s game.

— Tom Jones, game director, WVFCA All-Star Game

— Greg Barrett, president, WVFCA

Plenty where that came from

Shirley Thomas wants to know where all of this hatred is coming from in her reply to my letter to  the editor on June 15.

That is a very good question to which I have no answers.

However, I suspect that it comes from the same place the Bush haters got there’s from.

— Mark Burns

Terre Haute

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