McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


January 4, 2011

Letter to the editor: Bond approval would allow soccer at MHS, too

McALESTER — Editor:

This past fall, while standing on the sidelines of a fifth through eighth grade soccer game, a parent said to me, “I guess I am going to have to move to a town that has a high school soccer team.” He said this because his son had just scored his third goal. Anyone who has seen this kid play knows he is gifted. Trust me, he does things with a soccer ball that people should not be able to do. That statement cuts to the heart of one of the issues that will be addressed on Jan. 11.

One of the many things voting yes on Jan. 11 will do is it will provide the opportunity for soccer in McAlester. The kids in McAlester want to play soccer — more than 300 played this past fall with the Boys and Girls Club.

The kids in McAlester want to play soccer against kids from other towns; last spring, I coached three teams that traveled to Eufaula every Saturday, more than 25 kids and their parents willing to travel to play and watch their kids play soccer. Originally, it was only supposed to be two teams but I had so many parents call and ask if their child could play that I started a third team.

Currently, we have almost 50 kids, under the age of 12, that want to go to tournaments in the spring and are willing to practice in December and January. The kids want to play and it is not just the young kids. There are numerous high school kids who have said to me that if we had a team they would love to play.

The problem is that we don’t have a place to play. We need turf. If we had turf, we could join the other 5A schools in playing soccer. In order for us to get turf, we have to vote yes on Jan. 11. So, please join me, vote yes!


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