They WILL come!
By Davey Lopes
October 04, 2007
Mr. Barry makes some valid points. And his idea is a perfect
start. But let me touch on a couple of his comments.
Yes, in fact. If we build it, they WILL come. In the Lower 48,
most sports are played year round. Heck, even in Juneau they
play baseball year round. They have a 12-under and 13-over club
teams that practices in gyms during the winter. Then they take
a trip every year down south - usually Arizona or Washington
- where they compete in a baseball tournament. If Ketchikan did
have an indoor facility of some sort, you would have no problem
having a baseball tournament in January, featuring teams from
all over the United States. Look at the Clark Cochrane Christmas
Classic in basketball, we have schools from other countries come
to play in it. It would be no different for baseball or football
or soccer or whatever the sport.
we are not asking or dreaming of a ten million dollar indoor
sport s facility.
Ponder this. A small community, HALF the size of Ketchikan. A
group of parents get together, hit up some local businesses for
donations, pull up their sleeves and through volunteer work,
they build an indoor baseball facility. It s nothing huge or
fancy, but it s got two batting cages, pitching mounds, and turf
so you can field grounders.
The result? One year after being built, the local high school
(again, half the size of Ketchikan) goes on to win three consecutive
state high school baseball championships! Beating Anchorage and
Fairbanks schools. Routinely beating schools that have 4-times
as many students. If winning doesn t impress you, surely the
fact that their players are getting college scholarships and
getting drafted by Major League Baseball teams should!!!
This isn t a fairy tale it s reality. It is happening in Sitka.
A group of parents got together and GOT IT DONE. Now their kids
are getting scholarships and getting drafted by pro teams. In
Local parents, coaches and players just have to work together.
Donate their time and energy and labor. Local businesses have
to chip in. If other communities can do it so can we!!!!!
And what about state or federal money? It s always amazed me
that people want arts and crafts and music and genres like that
to receive state or federal tax money. But if you mention sports,
they freak out. Your kid is an aspiring actor or trumpet player
so tax payers should pay/support a locally ran drama club.
But my kid shouldn t get the same support because he plays baseball?
It makes no sense.
Basketball dominates this town. Just off the top of my head I
can think of 14 indoor basketball courts in Ketchikan. Norman
Walker and Dudley fields are just a mess. I d just like to see
the community give the other sports as much love as we give basketball.
Baseball, soccer and football could all be viable activities
for our youth. The entire community just has to take some pride
and vest some energy into them
About: Davey Lopes is a local
Received October 02, 2007 -
Published October 04, 2007
Sports Arena . . . Dream on. By Chris Barry
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