Challenge to the Bears

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, August 26, 2005

The members of the 2005 JDHS Swimming & Diving program recognize that Juneau is a unique and outstanding community. They recognize that the physical environment and the quality of individuals who chose to make Juneau their home are a pair of significant factors.

The swim/dive program also recognizes the incredible amount of support that the Juneau community affords all the youth sport programs on an annual basis. They recognize that the support goes far beyond financial, that the support goes far beyond local businesses and parents, but from a very large majority of the Juneau community.

It is this support and quality community that has been the "12th man" in the string of successes witnessed in statewide competition by JDHS athletic programs in the past four years.

Because of these factors, the 2005 JDHS Swimming & Diving program decided to take on a project that had no fund-raising component and that would give something back to the community as a "thank you" and a small gesture to help make Juneau a little bit of a better place.

Thus last Saturday, 19 JDHS student-athletes and coaches worked five hours with Trail Mix on the Mt. Juneau trail, clearing bush and performing trail maintenance work.

This letter is not being provided to give the team a pat on the back. It has two purposes - to give something back to the community as a way to say thanks and to issue a challenge to all of the other JDHS athletic programs.

The 2005 JDHS Swimming & Diving program is hereby challenging all the JDHS athletic programs to take on a project that has no fund-raising connection, to give back to the community that supports you.

We also challenge you that if funds are received by the program for the community project, that those funds are donated to a local charity.

If your program already has performed such a community project, the swimmers and divers salute you and say thanks. Otherwise, excuse the cliche, but the ball is in your court.

Members of the Juneau-Douglas H.S. Swimming & Diving Team

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