Sports and economics
By Loren K. Stanton
September 29, 2007
I want to thank Davey Lopes for his letter. I don't know Davey
Lopes but he has put a finger on one of the problems that exists
in our community. We need real sports fields. Specifically
we need the field at Fawn Mountain completed with TURF, lights,
bathrooms, covered bleachers, a concession stand and covering
the whole field with a bubble.
No one wants to come here to play in gravel. Schoenbar soccer
teams were disappointed once again this fall when Juneau refused
to travel here to play soccer.
If we build it they will come.
I know there are those who have been working on getting this
field done for years but it is time to get it done and get in
done right. Last year items for the improvement of the field
were 50th out of 50 on our list of priorities sent to the state
for funding! Ridiculous! A turf soccer field could be used most
of the year. This is economic development. A covered turf field
would bring people and teams here year round.
If we built a top of the line indoor facility at Fawn Mountain
we would attract teams and tourneys. It could be used for baseball
practice, football, track and field, indoor and "outdoor"
soccer and for many other sports year round. This is or should
be the holy grail of this town's economic development.
This is not some sort of dream this can be reality. If we build
a facility like this we will have teams, tourneys, and success
in sports year round. Our children will be safer, drier and more
in shape. Our hotels will be filled on winter weekends and our
dining facilities will be more successful. This is the kind
of economic development that would add to the varied great images
of our town. Imagine a set of winter soccer tourneys. Imagine
a set of winter track and field events. Imagine people coming
here from Smithers to Whitehorse from Washington to Fairbanks
for soccer year round. Imagine Ketchikan being the place teams
want to go for sports for once. Imagine our teams being able
to practice more than eight weeks in a year.
This is about economic development, healthy children, competition
and winning. It is about America-Baseball/Soccer/Football, hotdogs
and apple pie.
Join me in Fund the Field (FTF). Local government must make this
a community priority. Write letters to local officials or here.
Encourage research. Encourage local business to research how
this might impact them. FTF!!!
Loren K. Stanton
About: " Loren is a certified
FIFA and ASAA referee and is a certified soccer coach. Loren
has studied economics all of his life but most intently while
living in Hong Kong, the brightest light of capitalism, for three
Received September 26, 2007
- Published September 29, 2007
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