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July 2, 2013

READERS’ FORUM: July 2, 2013

Many helped to make game great

On behalf of the Wabash Valley Football Coaches Association, all the players, families and fans associated with the all-star game, we want to extend a huge thank you to so many members of the community that played a vital role in the recent all-star football game.

Bringing together 31 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 80 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 Crabtree from North Vermillion and Jim Sullivan from Casey Westfield and all their volunteer staff, thank you Over 2,000 fans traveled to Terre Haute to see the action at ISU Memorial Stadium. 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 and the Terre Haute Convention and Visitors Bureau, our corporate sponsors, which not only have been our corporate sponsor each year, but also provide valuable resources in helping us promote and develop the game. To Pacesetter Sports which has been a partner since the game’s inception and for its ongoing support and dedication to the game. To the Union Center for Sports Medicine which donated 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 which 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 of the aspects of the game we are especially proud of is that we gave $ 3,750 in scholarships to student-athletes participating in this year’s game. A special thanks to Tom Moore of Sir Thomas Automotive and to Pete Varda Jr., who both 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 10th anniversary of this great event. Mark your calendars now for June 28 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

WVFCA all-star

game director

— Greg Barrett

WVFCA president

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