To the Journal editor:
This letter is designed to pass along a little gift of the goose from the book entitled, "Gung-Ho" by Ken Blanchard.
You see, one of the three key points made in the true story is about the importance of cheering others on and since May there has been a lot of cheering within the Gwinn Athletic Department which deserves mention.
There comes a point when a person, group or community says enough is enough and draws a line in the sand and for whatever reason this community did just that three months ago. The results have been positively overwhelming since. The All-Sports Booster Club was restructured creating a positive and cohesive team.
The weight room experienced a long overdue extreme make-over that even Ty Pennington would be proud of. Numerous fundraising opportunities have come out of the new Booster structure: softball tournament, paddle booth at Fun Daze and bean bag tournament. The Booster Club also created a Dare 2B Great Membership Campaign which has generated $18,000 to date.
Last but not least, Meet the Modeltowners was held this past Friday with over 500 community members showing up to show our student-athletes that they are valued and we are moving forward with a new positive voice.
The night was filled with youth activities, food, music and fireworks. Each child stood before the massive crowd and received a standing ovation for the ages. Truly a night that I will remember forever.
For what it's worth, I'm proud of this community for drawing that line and solving our problems by utilizing some simple yet important athletic values: hard work, teamwork, a positive attitude and a competitive desire and what I love is that the kids took notice while standing in front of hundreds of supporters the other night.
Sometimes in life you find yourself caught up in something very special yet you don't quite realize it until the ride is over but I'm not quite sure that's the case down here because people are noticing and embracing it - especially the most important people - our athletes.
Rob Soyring, athletic director
Gwinn Area Community Schools