OSSAA should heed Coach Welde's plea

Published: January 12, 2013
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In response to “Offensive coordinator explains situation at U.S. Grant” (Sports, Jan. 6): I appreciate coach Charles Welde reminding us about the significant impact that sports can make on young people. It was inspirational reading how the staff's coaching has become a calling to change the lives of young people. Welde and his staff exemplify the many ideals that make sport such a valuable educational tool.

I've had the pleasure of being in school athletics for a long time. I've worked with a nonprofit organization called Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) and its credo to “Honor the Game.” Just like Welde, PCA understands that a child needs to be in the game to benefit from the experience of the game. The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association should widen its lens to look at all factors relating to competitive opportunity — much like it's done to look at the circumstances of private schools compared to other members in its realignment policy.

The challenges Welde described are great. I hope OSSAA considers partnering with Oklahoma City Public Schools to encourage Welde's kids to stay in the game so they can prosper from the efforts of his coaching staff and to “Honor the Game.”

Jim Bonfiglio, Oklahoma