Huge thanks for All-Star support
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 last Saturday’s All-Star Football game.
Bringing together 35 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 Troy Burgess from South Putnam and Steve Weber from Linton 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, who 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 who has been a partner since the game’s inception and for your ongoing support and dedication to the game. To Union Hospital/UAP Clinic who donate the services of trainers and doctors throughout the week and at the game. To all the area media for your help in promoting and covering the game, thank you.
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 $5,000 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.
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
All-Star game director
Obama deserves more credit
In response to the letter on May 22 from Morley Hadley that stated our president is destroying our country, destroyed health care and drove us in debt, the writer needs to take another look, and not on Fox News.
The previous tenant of the White House drove our economy over a cliff with two unpaid wars, prescription drugs for seniors and unpaid tax cuts for the wealthy.
Obama came into office in a great disaster. He drove our nation’s debt up to save our financial system and save the auto industry, in turn saving thousands of jobs and a global crisis which none of us could imagine.
Open your eyes. He put his presidency on the line to eliminate the most wanted killer on earth. Give him credit where credit is due. Under the Affordable Health Care Act, Americans that could never have health insurance will be able to afford coverage. Pre-existing conditions will be taken off the table. Dying Americans will be able to receive help. Women can have a pap smear and mammograms paid for by the insurance companies, and children can stay on their parents’ policy until 26 years of age.
People with group health insurance are the ones yelling the loudest over the rest of us having some of the benefits they enjoy. That’s selfish of them, and not the Christian way.
— Tonia Roberts
Huge thanks for All-Star support
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In the Algonquin Indian language, raccoon means “working with hands.” They are really cute little fellows until they injure a child, or a pet, or leave feces around where you certainly do not want it.
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