by David Schulz
January 20, 2005
I grew up in Ketchikan, AK and I first started playing baseball as a seven year old and played till my final year at the age of 18. I also participated in Ketchikan Dribblers league, and as well as Ketchikan Youth Soccer. Throughout those years, I greatly enjoyed playing those sports, and found it to be a great passion of mine, despite the fact that I wasn't the most talented player.
Anyway, I just wanted to say that I never felt that the coaches I had ever put undue pressure on me to sacrifice my personal time and what not for the sake of off-season practices. The dedication required for each sport was justifiable. I feel that the coaches in Ketchikan are one of a very good breed and deserve nothing but praise for their devotion. It is my dream someday to return to Ketchikan and coach baseball and teach the kids of Ketchikan the same values that I learned as a youth in this great city.
Coaches go out of their way to devote time and energy into the sports that they are involved in, and therefore deserve to be thanked for that very reason alone. I feel privileged to have been able to experience such a wonderful athletic program that Ketchikan has to offer. Thank you Ketchikan for providing me with such a great experience in youth sports and I hope that the tradition carries on.
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