Poor aren't only ones who can't afford sports

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2007

I could not help but notice that in the opening paragraph of Greg Skinner's "Money's not there" article, he used the word "equity." For those of you who do not know what that word means, it is defined as "the quality of being fair and impartial." Take note.

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Skinner's article had an interesting start, but unfortunately, I did not even bother to finish reading it because of the start of his second paragraph. He wrote, "It means even poor kids could play sports."

I am sure Skinner's heart is in the right place, but if people cannot afford to play a high school sport, does that really classify them as poor?

I was a member of the Crimson Bears football team throughout high school, and I shared the turf with many people of poverty, some who were granted scholarships through the city of Juneau or other groups such as Tlingit and Haida. I am proud to say the Douglas-Indian Association supported me throughout my career.

I watched as some players spent their summer bagging groceries, flipping burgers, selling souvenirs, whatever it took to earn money - sacrificing the "vacation" part of summer vacation to raise money to play football. Guess what? It was not just "the poor kids;" it was also the middle-class families as well as the upper-class families.

So before you label all families who do not have sports in their budget as "poor," take the time to reconsider how one word can affect an entire article.

Angelo Katasse

University of Alaska Southeast student

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